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Classic Manhattan Clam Chowder

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Okay, so what is it about canned clams that I love so much? Sure, this soup could be made with fresh clams, and many would argue that it's the only way to go, but for me, there's just something about canned clams that I love.
Ingredients
  Leeks 1 Cup (16 tbs), chopped
  Salt To Taste
  Extra virgin olive oil 1 Tablespoon
  Hot sauce 1 Tablespoon
  Clam juice 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Canned clams 24 Ounce, minced
  Tomatoes 28 Ounce, diced
  Potato 1 , peeled and diced
  Water 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Whole wheat flour 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Fresh thyme 2
  Celery stalks 3 , chopped
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm), chopped
  Pepper To Taste
Directions

Heat extra virgin olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in leeks, celery, and a good pinch of salt and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes. Once you can smell those leeks, add in your garlic and thyme. Sauté another 3-4 minutes or until leeks and celery begin to soften.

Sprinkle flour over your veggies and mix well. Add clam juice and mix it well so that there are no clumps. Let it cook. When it bubbles, add water and potatoes and turn the heat to high. Allow the soup to come to a boil. Once you’ve reached a boil, allow to cook for 8-10 minutes at a boil.

Turn heat down to medium heat, stir in tomatoes and clams. Give it a stir. Cook for 5 minutes. Top it with some hot sauce and freshly chopped parsley!!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Ready In: 
20 Minutes
Servings: 
2
Story
It all boils down to quantity... when I use fresh clams, I spend more money and get less clams in my soup. But, when I go with my little canned friends, I can load my soup up with lots and lots of clams for lots less money, leaving my greedy little belly and stingy wallet very happy! My favorite time to eat this soup...on a rainy summer afternoon (accompanied with 1 [okay, maybe two] ice cold beer!).
If you are trying to reproduce the classic taste of Manhattan clam chowder at home and not being successful, then here is the perfect recipe for you. To enhance stronger flavor, you can substitute canned clam with fresh ones. This soup is just suitable for any idle and lazy afternoon. Watch the video and get into cooking this exotic soup.

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