Intuitive Clam Chowder

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By Debra Makarowski
from Maplewood, NJ

Low carb- great for diabetics

Ingredients

  •   1 large
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How To Make

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    Optional: Take 3 pieces of any kind of bacon and cut into small pieces. Place in the bottom of a heavy soup pot and render it until soft. OR Place a small amount of olive oil in the bottom of a heavy pot until it covers the bottom OR a little of both medium flame, when it’s hot, add Cut up 2 or 3 zucchini- small diced 1 small leek white part only finely chopped or 1 onion, red or white, or a combo of all 2 or 3 finely chopped 3 or 4 slices of chopped fennel (anise) or some celery A finely chopped carrot if you like carrots. A bay leaf Fresh thyme of dried about ¼ teaspoon or to taste A shake of dried oregano Some salt and black pepper to taste Dump it all in. Stir it around for a while until it smells really good and veggies are translucent and soft. Use garlic press- squeeze in a few cloves or chop some up and add to pot. Stir around and leave for about a minute- burns easily. Then add some tomatoes. I use whole canned tomatoes without salt. I open the can and then take each out and SQUISH them in my palm over the pot. It is very freeing but you have to aim carefully. Oh- I wash my hands before I begin this ritual. Then I open about 4 small cans of chopped clams and pour out only the liquid into the pot, leaving the little chopped clams in the can for now. I let this bubble away for a while for the flavors to mingle. I like to recite some Macbeth while this is happening and cackle a little. I then sometimes add some salt free Sazon- adds that oomph- don’t if you are MSG sensitive. So now you have to add some water or broth to bring the liquid up or you will have clam stew. I add about 6 cups unless I want it thicker. I use water and this soup paste that I buy. You can use stock but make sure it’s not too salty. Keep tasting it. Adjust seasoning. Sometimes I add some cumin for an earthy taste. Then add those patiently waiting little clams and just let it heat for about a minute or so. Enjoy

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