Hearty and Healthy Manhattan Clam Chowder

This hearty and healthy Manhattan Clam Chowder will satisfy any size appetite.

Do you prefer white or red? No, not wine, but clam chowder? It’s kind of like asking if you are a vanilla or a chocolate person. Coke or Pepsi. PC or Mac. Okay, getting out of hand here. I admit, that if I had to choose, I would choose New England Clam Chowder over Manhattan Clam Chowder. But, then I made my own version of the lovely red soup, and I’m in love!

Calorie-wise, you can’t compare the two. They are leagues apart. A tomato-based soup OBVIOUSLY has less calories than a cream base. But, yet we still want and desire that silky smooth soup.

New England Clam Chowder by FamilySpice.com

I made my Manhattan Clam Chowder for a teacher’s luncheon at school. It’s everything I personally want in a soup. Hearty, full of goodies and not all watery or plain. I kicked it up a notch by adding some jalapeño peppers to it, but they were mild so I spiked it with some cayenne pepper, too.

Manhattan Clam Chowder

This is "the red" chowder. Full of vegetables and very hearty, you won't miss the calories from the "the white one." Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice


  • 31 oz clams, canned
  • 4 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 3 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 medium carrots, diced (about 10 oz)
  • 1 large russet potato, peeled & diced
  • 1 large jalapeño pepper, seeded & diced (optional)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper, ground
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, (optional)
  • 29 oz diced tomatoes, canned
  • 1 qt V8 juice
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup parsley, American, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp thyme, fresh


  1. Separate & reserve the juice (approx. 1 quart) from the clams from:
    • 31 oz clams, canned
  2. Heat a large stock pot on medium-high and add:
    • 4 slices of bacon , chopped
  3. When browned, remove bacon pieces and reserve.
  4. Add to the bacon fat remaining in the pot:
    • 3 celery stalk , diced
    • 1 medium onion , diced
    • 3 medium carrots , diced (about 10 oz)
    • 1 large russet potato , peeled & diced
    • 1 large jalapeño pepper , seeded & diced (optional)
  5. Sauté vegetables for approximately 10 minutes.
  6. Stir in:
    • 3 garlic cloves
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp black pepper, ground
    • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper , (optional)
  7. Cook for 3 minutes then stir in 1 quart of reserved clam juice.
  8. Stir in:
    • 29 oz diced tomatoes, canned
    • 1 qt V8 juice
    • 1/2 cup lemon juice
    • 1 cup parsley, American , chopped
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 1 tsp thyme, fresh
  9. Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer, uncovered, until the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.
  10. Prior to serving, adjust seasoning to taste.


Serving Suggestions: Great alone, with a green salad or with a chunk of hearty bread.

Cooking Tips: Allergic to shell fish? Try using fish, like cod, and fish broth instead.

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Yield: Serves 2

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Manhattan Clam Chowder Detail
Because when you curl up with a bowl of soup, you don’t want to doze off halfway through eating it, right?

And with the cooler weather, we all need a warm hug for our tummies.

So, which do you prefer: White or Red Chowdah?

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8 Responses to Hearty and Healthy Manhattan Clam Chowder

  1. Both look amazing. I don't normally eat red chowder but I'd eat that one. I love the creamy texture of white clam chowder. I made it one time with vegan potato leek soup base so i could cut out the cream and it was delicious. I love clams so anyway will do. Thanks for sharing

  2. I love how you lightened this up! It is definitely different, but it looks good (as does the creamy version!)

  3. I might have to give in to the Red. It looks so delicious.

  4. Julia at #

    I'm not gonna lie, I don't even like clam chowder. But you're picture is makin me want to eat an entire batch of it!

  5. I always like white chowder because that's I've been eating. I think I tried red one maybe once in my life. This looks so good and I bookmarked already and hope to try it soon. My husband asked me a while ago if I can make clam chowder but I didn't have a good recipe with me. 😉 I'm so happy I won this giveaway. Thank you! Also, thank you so much for introducing my blog. That was very kind of you! 🙂

  6. SKR at #

    Looks perfectly delicious. Really like your blog! :]

  7. Quay Po Cooks at #

    I never say no to clam chowder. Yours look fantastic!


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