There is a “hole in the wall” fish restaurant near us and they have some of the best chowder we have ever had. Its creamy, and dreamy and I think about it often. I don’t know about you, but for some reason clam chowder has always been one of those soups that seemed like too much work. But I really really have been wanting it lately, so I made it and it was stupid easy. If you are new to cooking, soups are always a great way to start. You basically throw things into a pot and let it cook up. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
This is not your normal creamy white chowder that you are used to seeing inside of a big, huge bread bowl. (I know, sad day) But, its flavors are out of this world and you probably will never go back to regular clam chowder again.
I thickened it with a cauliflower “cream,” which at first I was really nervous to do, but it turned out perfectly!
- 2 cans chopped clams, 1 can drained, the other not.
- 1 8oz bottle clam juice
- 3 celery stalks, diced
- 2 large red potatoes, diced
- 1 leek, chopped
- 1 small onion, diced
- 3 cups vegetable broth (or chicken works too)
- Pepper (to taste)
- 1 tbl garlic powder
- 1 tbl ghee or oil for pot
- Parsley for garnish
- OPTIONAL: bacon crumbles, hot sauce
- **CAULIFLOWER CREAM**
- 1/2 head of cauliflower
- 1/4 c ghee
- 1 red potato
- Heat ghee up in a large pot.
- Once hot, add diced potatoes, celery, leek, and onion. Stir around for a couple min.
- Add clam juice and broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are done about 20 min
- While soup is cooking, steam cauliflower and potato (I cut the potato into large chunks)
- Once soft, pour almost all the water out of the pot you used to steam. Throw cauliflower and potato into pot.
- Add ghee and take an immersion blender and blend until creamy. (You don't want any chunks.)
- After potatoes in soup are done, pour your clams in.
- While stirring, pour cauliflower cream into soup.
- Garnish with parsley and add some of your favorite hot sauce too
**taste and then add salt. Clam juice is salty, so you may not need to add that.
My children ate 2nds and would have eaten more if I had made enough. Also, you cannot taste any cauliflower in this at all.(Mom, I’m talking to you 😉 )
Paleo: yes-ish (potatoes are fine line when doing a strict paleo diet)