Corn, Clam, and Mussel Chowder

Fresh vegetables, hearty seafood, and crumbled bacon make this quick cooking soup a robust one dish meal. A tomato and fennel salad completes the menu. serving size: 1 1/2 cups Cal 233 Fat 7g Protein 14g Carb 29g Fiber 3g Sodium 674mg

Photo by Sherry W.

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

Ingredients

  • Ingredients:

  • 2

    bacon slices, chopped

  • 1

    cup chopped onion

  • 3/4

    cup chopped celery

  • 3/4

    teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

  • 2

    cups diced red potato

  • 2

    (8-ounce) bottles clam juice

  • 2

    cups fresh corn kernels

  • 20

    mussels (about 1 pound), scrubbed and debearded

  • 3/4

    cup half-and-half

  • 1/2

    cup 2% reduced-fat milk

  • 3

    tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2

    (6 1/2-ounce) cans minced clams, liquid reserved

  • 1/4

    teaspoon salt

  • Thyme sprigs

Directions

1. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add bacon to pan; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Add onion, celery, and chopped thyme to pan; cook 8 minutes or until softened, stirring frequently. Add potato and bottled juice; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, covered, 9 minutes or until potatoes are tender. 2. Stir in corn and mussels; bring to a boil. Cover and cook 5 minutes or until mussels open; discard any unopened shells. Combine half-and-half, milk, and flour in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Stir half-and-half mixture and clams into pan; cook 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Stir in 2 tablespoons reserved clam liquid and salt. Garnish with thyme sprigs, if desired. Tomato and fennel salad: Combine 4 cups torn romaine lettuce, 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes, and 1 cup sliced fennel bulb in a large bowl. Combine 1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 2 teaspoons honey, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper in a small bowl. Gradually add 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, stirring constantly with a whisk. Pour vinaigrette over lettuce mixture; toss well.

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