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Glam up dinner with a hearty and comforting bowl of Manhattan clam chowder

Comfort foods are what families crave for dinner. Manhattan clam chowder is a textured delight that is filled with vegetables, clams and lots of spices that brings an aroma and flavor to create a hearty meal for everyone to enjoy. Soup should taste great and be filling and satisfying. The potatoes in the soup also help bring the soup together by acting as a thickening agent while adding another vegetable to the pot. Eat the soup alone or with your favorite sandwich or just have a slice or two of bread served with each bowl for dipping.

Manhattan clam chowder
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Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup of diced bacon
  • 1/3 cup of minced onion
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/3 cup of diced celery
  • 2 (7 ounce) cans of minced and drained clams, set juice aside for later
  • 1 (16 ounce) can of tomatoes
  • 2 cups of diced potatoes, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons of parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon of pepper

Directions:

  1. In a large, deep frying pan or soup pot cook the onion and bacon together.
  2. The onions should be translucent and soft while the bacon crisps up nicely.
  3. Stir in the clam juice into the pot and stir.
  4. Add in the potatoes, celery and water to the pot and stir.
  5. Stir in reserved clam liquid, potatoes, celery and water.
  6. Cook uncovered until the potatoes are tender. Test the potatoes by piercing them with a fork. If the fork goes in easily then the potatoes are done.
  7. Now add in the clams, tomatoes and all the seasonings to the pot and stir.
  8. Heat the soup in the pot until it boils, stirring occasionally on simmer for 30 minutes.
  9. Transfer the soup to a tureen and serve while hot.
  10. Enjoy!

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