Healthy Clam Chowder {Recipe}

I love clam chowder!  I visited a friend in Boston many years ago and fell in love.  I know I will never be able to recreate the chowder I ate there.  And I know I would never want to read nutritional information for those recipes either.  I have come up with a recipe that still has all the essential clam chowder ingredients and flavors, without all the fat and calories.

Healthy Clam Chowder {Recipe}

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Calories per serving: 344

Fat per serving: 2

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Ingredients

  • 2 (6 1/2-ounce) cans chopped clams
  • 3 slices center-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups cubed red potato, skin left on
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 12 oz. can evaporated fat-free milk
  • 3/4 cup 1% low-fat milk (our dairy provides 1 1/2% so that is what I used)
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Drain clams in a colander over a bowl, reserving juice.
  2. Cook bacon in a soup pot over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove bacon from pan with a slotted spoon, reserving 1 teaspoon drippings in pan.
  3. Return bacon to pan; increase heat to medium-high. Add onion, celery, and butter; sauté 6 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  4. Add flour and cook for 2 minutes stirring constantly.
  5. Add reserved clam juice, wine, potato, thyme, salt and bay leaf and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until potato is tender.
  6. Stir in clams, evaporated milk, and 1% milk. Cook 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally. Discard bay leaf. Sprinkle with parsley.
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Amanda Larson is a mother, wife, lawyer and aspiring cook. She truly believes that you can live green and eat well while sticking to a budget. Through her posts she shares her tips on how she does it!

Comments

  1. Your recipe looks delicious. Evaporated fat free milk is a great, healthy substitution for cream, half and half, or full fat milk. Good thinking!
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  2. I like this healthier version of clam chowder. I am going to try your recipe. Thanks!

  3. amanda alcantara
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    looks yummy…My children love clam chowder or chowda as we call it…i am gonna try this recipe

  4. amanda alcantara
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    great recipe…my kids love chowder

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