People flock to New England because of its unparalleled rustic, scenic seaside beauty that captivates and refreshes anyone. There is so much to explore and enjoy there, but no one would miss to partake of the seafood galore. They’ve got shacks of those delectable lobsters, crabs, oysters, and clams. This abundance birthed the comforting, briny flavored clam chowder.
Clam chowder is a blessing from New England. This rich, hearty, and even filling soup is a certified comfort food. If you love seafood, this is your soup! Make it anytime and follow this Easy Clam Chowder Made in a Blender Recipe!
Even though certain regions have made their own version of clam chowder, that thick, creamy, white soup laden with clams and potatoes still remains popular worldwide. The canned ones are very accessible, even overseas. However, in order to get the utmost clam chowder experience, not to mention without the health-related canned goods worries, this recipe will help you make one from fresh, real ingredients.
No to canned clams. Just the real thing. The fresh one is a bounty of that umami-filled, mild “sea” flavor. This one’s oh-so-good and a winner in taste, with numerous health benefits. Clams are a great source of iron, much-needed for healthy blood cells.
As the name speaks for itself, this Easy Clam Chowder Made in a Blender Recipe calls for a blender. If your blender features a heating capacity, it’ll save you a lot of time preparing, cooking, and of course, cleaning up, as you’ll only need this piece of equipment to whip this up. Otherwise, you can use a regular blender along with your chosen cookware.
If you’re curious or interested in blenders with heating capacity, this blender buying guide absolutely helps! Happy blending!
Easy Clam Chowder Made in a Blender
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 large white onion finely chopped
- 2 tablespoon gluten-free flour
- 3 cups skimmed milk
- 1 ½ cup homemade, unsalted vegetable broth
- 2 medium russet potatoes peeled and cubed small
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
- 10 ounces fresh clams
- 2 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley for garnish
Recommended: Using a blender with heating capacity
- Add butter into the blender, press “Cook” then “Medium.” Once it’s melted, add onions and cook until translucent.
- Add flour and pulse until well-blended, for another 1 to 2 minutes.
- Add in milk, vegetable broth, potatoes, bay leaves, and thyme. Change the heat to “low” and simmer the soup for about 10 minutes or until the potatoes are fork-tender. Do not press “pulse” yet because it will purée the bay leaves otherwise.
- Remove the bay leaves, pulse until well-blended, and add clams. Pulse once or twice and finally season with salt and pepper.
- Transfer to serving bowls and garnish with fresh parsley.
Using a blender without heating capacity:
- Melt butter in a large pot. Add onions and sauté over medium-low heat until translucent, about 3 to 5 minutes.
- Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, for another 1 to 2 minutes.
- Add milk, vegetable broth, potatoes, bay leaves, and thyme, then season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer on low heat until the potatoes are fork-tender, about 10 minutes. Discard bay leaves.
- Cool the mixture down to room temperature and purée the soup in a blender until smooth (see notes).
- Return soup to pot, add clams, and simmer for another 5 minutes. Season with more salt and pepper, if necessary.
- Serve warm and garnish with fresh parsley. Enjoy!
- If you’re using a blender without heating capacity, make sure that it doesn’t get filled more than halfway because it can make the mixture climb up thereby causing the blender’s lid to pop off. Thus, you may need to either do the puréeing in batches or cool down the mixture to room temperature before filling the blender completely, puréeing the soup, and warming it up once more.
- Feel free to add more broth to thin out the soup. Contrastingly, simmer the soup more to thicken it up.
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