Elaine’s Clam Chowder

I got this recipe from my friend Deb’s mom. They’re both amazing cooks and I rely on their recipes the way I rely on my moms and I know they’ll be good! I had this soup for the first time about 3 years ago at Elaine’s house. I was there to help give out candy on Halloween, and this soup is their traditional Halloween meal, and has been for years. All I can say is the recipe is dead easy, and the soup is a winner! You’ll be happy as a clam if you try this recipe! (Sorry, I had to do it!)

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup diced bacon

2 tins of clams

1 bottle (or tin) of clam nectar

1 cup diced potatoes

1 med. onion, diced

2 stalks of celery, diced

2-3 carrots, diced

salt and pepper to taste

2 large tins of tomatoes

2 tins (clam nectar size) of water

Bay Leaf

Cayenne pepper

Old Bay Seasoning

1. Cook the bacon (in a dutch oven or large pot)until brown. Add onion and cook until they’re soft.

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Saute the onion and bacon.

2. Add carrot and celery and sauté for a couple of minutes.

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Add vegetables.

3. Add everything else and bring to a boil. Once it’s reached boiling cover and simmer for 1/2 an hour.

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And tomatoes.

4. Old Bay Seasoning wasn’t on the original list of ingredients, but I had some on hand and just sprinkled some in the soup, maybe 1/2 tsp?

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I added a little Old Bay seasoning for that authentic flavour!

*A little parsley would be nice sprinkled on top, but I didn’t have any so I had it straight up with a little French bread. 

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