It rained all weekend where I live and it was at soup kind of day on Sunday so we made this Clam Chowder and it was "to die for" and so easy and quick to make. It will be on our meal rotation in the future. Hope you enjoy it too!
Homemade Clam Chowder - Rachael Ray
By Chef Sweet Sal on January 08, 2006
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Total Time: 40 mins
- Servings: 4-6
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 slices thick cut bacon, chopped
- 1 medium onions, chopped
- 2 stalks celery & leaves, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped into small pieces
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme
- salt and pepper
- 2 teaspoons hot sauce, eyeball it
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 pint half-and-half
- 3 cups chicken stock, from soup aisle
- 1 cup raw hash brown potatoes, from dairy aisle of the market
- 2 (10 ounce) cans baby clams, and their juice
- In a medium pot over medium high heat melt butter. Add bacon, onions, celery, carrot, and thyme sprigs. Season with salt, pepper and hot sauce and cook 5 minutes. Add flour and cook a minute more.
- Add half-and-half and stock and bring to a bubble, then stir in potatoes and clams. Bring soup back to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes, until potatoes are cooked and soup has thickened to coat the back of a spoon.
- Remove the thyme sprigs from the soup. The thyme leaves will have fallen off into the soup. Stir and adjust seasonings in your soup. Pour soup into mugs. Top with shredded cheese or green onions if desired.