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Manhattan Clam Chowder

  • 40 m
  • 40 m
EatingWell Test Kitchen
“There's long been a feud between Manhattan's tomato-based clam chowder and the cream-based New England clam chowder. No matter which you prefer, you can't deny that this easy clam chowder will put dinner on the table before you can finish the debate.”


    • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 large onion, diced
    • 1 medium fennel bulb, cored and diced, fronds reserved
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
    • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
    • 2 14-ounce cans reduced-sodium chicken broth
    • ¾ cup white wine
    • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    • 3½ cups diced cooked potatoes (see Tips), preferably red-skinned
    • 24 littleneck or other small clams, scrubbed
    • 1 pound chopped or minced shucked clams (see Tips)


  • 1 Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, diced fennel, garlic and thyme. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until just soft and beginning to brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, broth, wine and pepper. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • 2 Add potatoes and return to a simmer over medium heat. Place the clams in the shell on top of the simmering soup. Cover and cook until the vegetables are tender and the clams open, 6 to 10 minutes.
  • 3 Chop the reserved fennel fronds; stir into the soup. Add chopped (or minced) clams and any clam juice; cook until just heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Discard any unopened clams before serving.
  • Tips: Convenient cooked and diced potatoes can be found in the refrigerated section of the produce and/or dairy department of the supermarket. One 20-ounce bag contains about 3½ cups.
  • Instead of shucking pounds of fresh clams for this tomato-based chowder, we use clams that have already been shucked and chopped, then add a few whole clams in their shell to make it special. Shucked clams are available by the pound in the seafood department in large supermarkets. If you can't find them, use canned clams.
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