Homemade Clam Chowder
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Serves: 6
 
This recipe makes a hearty and delicious clam chowder from scratch using pantry staples. This recipe tastes great, and it's easy to make. Cook's Note: To make this free of land animals, you can substitute either vegetable broth or clam juice for the chicken broth. If the soup is too thick for your tastes, add a little more liquid to the pot. (Milk is a good choice.) You can also thicken the soup by mixing some flour with milk and then adding it to the pot. Total cost of recipe is $7.36 or about $1.23 per serving.
Ingredients
  • 2 strips of bacon ($0.96)
  • 2 tablespoons butter ($0.16)
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour ($0.03)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped ($0.19)
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped ($0.20)
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken, or vegetable, broth ($1.58)
  • 2 bay leaves ($0.10)
  • 3 medium potatoes (peeled and cut into bite sized pieces) ($0.59)
  • 1 (8 ounce) container heavy whipping cream ($0.99)
  • 2 (6.5 ounce) cans chopped, or minced, clams ($2.56)
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon in the bottom of a 6 quart pot.
  2. Remove bacon from pot and drain most of the bacon drippings from the pan.
  3. Add butter to pan along with onion and celery.
  4. Saute onion and celery until they begin to soften.
  5. Add flour to the pan and mix well to ensure that all pieces are coated.
  6. Add chicken broth to the pan and stir well, scraping all of the vegetables off of the bottom of the pan.
  7. Add bay leaves to the pan along with the diced potatoes.
  8. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low, simmer for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  9. Chop bacon into bite sized pieces and add to the soup pot.
  10. Add the two cans of clams to the pot along with the canning liquid.
  11. Add cream to the pan, and mix well to fully incorporate it.
  12. Bring to a boil again and allow to simmer for 5 more minutes.
Recipe by Patty Cake's Pantry at http://www.pattycakespantry.com/soup-and-stews/homemade-clam-chowder/