Microwave Clam Chowder
Microwave Clam Chowder Recipe
This is a cheaters, under 30-minute microwave recipe for clam chowder. Adjust the amount of clam broth for the consistency - for example for a less chunky soup, add more broth/hot water a little at a time. On the other hand, stir in more cream if you want the soup creamier.
Serves: 4 (fills 2 bread bowls)
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
- 2 US russet potatoes peeled and diced
- 1/4 onion peeled and chopped finely
- 2 slices of streaky bacon chopped finely
- a small knob of butter
- pure cream
- 2 tbsp plain flour
- 2 dried bay leaves
- 1 can of pacific clams reserve the clam broth
- 4 tbsp frozen vegetables (corn and carrot)
- splash of dry white wine optional
- sea salt to taste
- bread bowl
- microwave-safe casserole with lid
- wooden or silicon spatula for mixing
- Add chopped bacon in a microwave-safe casserole and microwave on high (900 watts) with lid on for 2 minutes.
- Add chopped onions and butter. Microwave on high with lid on for another 2 minutes.
- Stir well, add diced potatoes and flour.
- Add clam broth (about 200ml, adjust according to your liking) and bay leaves. Mix well. Microwave on high with lid on for 7 minutes, or until potatoes are soft.
- Add frozen vegetables and microwave on high with lid on for another 1 minute.
- Discard bay leaves. Now, while the soup is still hot, stir in cream and mix well into the soup (I added about 3 tbsp to achieve the consistency I like).
- Stir in the clams (I added about half a can). If you like, you can also add a splash of dry white wine. Season with sea salt. Serve in a soup bowl or an edible bread bowl. Garnish with fresh parsley.
Noob Cook Tips
- Instead of cream, you can substitute with milk, crème fraiche or double cream depending on your preferred consistency.
- For a healthier but still chunky version, add more flour in step 3 and use low fat milk or even evaporated milk.
- Adjust the amount of clam broth for the consistency – for example for a less chunky soup, add more broth/hot water a little at a time. On the other hand, stir in more cream if you want the soup creamier.