Clam Chowder with Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese

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Makes:
8 servings
Start to Finish:
45 mins
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Clam Chowder with Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese

Ingredients
1 1/2
pints shucked clams or three 6.5-ounce cans minced clams
6
slices bacon, halved crosswise
1 1/2
cups chopped onions (3 medium)
3/4
cup finely chopped celery (3 stalks)
1/2
cup dry white wine
3
cups chopped, peeled potatoes (3 large)
2
teaspoons instant chicken bouillon granules
1 1/2
teaspoons snipped fresh thyme
1/4
teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4
teaspoon crushed red pepper
3
cups milk
1 1/2
cups whipping cream
3
tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4
cup shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese or Parmesan cheese (3 ounces)
 
Snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley (optional)
 
Shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese or Parmesan cheese (optional)

Directions

  1. If using, chop fresh clams, reserving juice; set clams aside. Strain clam juice to remove bits of shell. (Or drain canned clams, reserving the juice.) If necessary, add enough water to the reserved clam juice to make 1-1/2 cups total liquid; set aside.
  2. In a 4-quart Dutch oven cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings in pan. Drain bacon on paper towels; crumble bacon and set aside. Add onions and celery to bacon drippings; cook and stir over medium heat until tender.
  3. Stir in wine; bring to boiling. Boil gently, uncovered, for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir the reserved clam juice, potatoes, bouillon granules, thyme, black pepper, and crushed red pepper into Dutch oven. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. With the back of a fork, mash potatoes slightly against side of pan.
  4. In a medium bowl stir together milk, whipping cream, and flour; add to potato mixture. Bring to a simmer; cook and stir until slightly thickened. Stir in clams and the 3/4 cup cheese. Reduce heat. Cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes more or until heated through and cheese is melted. Sprinkle each serving with crumbled bacon and, if desired, parsley and additional cheese.

Nutrition Facts

(Clam Chowder with Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese)
    Per serving:
  • 438 kcal cal.,
  • 27 g fat
  • (15 g sat. fat,
  • 2 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 9 g monounsatured fat),
  • 113 mg chol.,
  • 583 mg sodium,
  • 24 g carb.,
  • 2 g fiber,
  • 7 g sugar,
  • 22 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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