Healthy Slow-Cooked Manhattan Clam Chowder Recipe (Paleo/Primal)

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Healthy slow-cooked Manhattan Clam Chowder is nutricious and delicious

The view from my window as I write this sharepost shows a dank and dismal day. I stepped outside earlier and the cold chilled me through to the bone. Yes, this is a good day to make a pot of soup.

My family is really good at making soup. My mother makes great soup. My father makes great soup. My brother makes great soup. And if I do say so myself, I make great soup. I don't know why it is but, like our brown eyes, I think it's something in our DNA. I say this because none of us has ever discussed soup-making or shared a recipe. Yet, we rock the soup pot. Surely it must be something in our genetic make-up.

Soup's on"

I developed this hearty Manhattan Clam Chowder last year for my dad's birthday. I served it as the first course, but truly it is a soup that eats like a meal. Instead of loading the chowder with the usual potatoes, I use a variety of organic fresh-from-the-farm root vegetables courtesy of my CSA (community supported-agriculture).

This chowder is packed with nutrients and ranks high on the yummiest scale!And it is oh-so-easy to make: Simply put all of the cleaned and chopped ingredients into the crock pot and 6-hrs later" soup's on!

Healthy Slow-Cooked Manhattan Clam Chowder Recipe (Paleo/Primal)** Ingredients**

  • 3 celery ribs
  • 1 onion
  • 10 oz baby carrots
  • 2 TBS cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 potato (either white or sweet)
  • 1 parsnip
  • 1 golden beet
  • 1 turnip
  • 3 fresh tomatoes
  • 1 pint of shucked clams
  • 3 c organic tomato juice (or use organic tomato sauce, water, and salt)
  • 2 c fish stock
  • 3 TBS dried parsley
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 TBS paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 TBS dried basil
  • Juice of 1/2 fresh lemon
  • 12 small black peppercorns
  • 2 red chilies


  • Turn on the crock pot to high.
  • Wash all veggies.
  • Peel the onion, potato, parsnip, beet, and turnip.
  • Chop all veggies finely.
  • Sautée onions, carrots, celery in olive oil in the crock pot on high for 30 min.
  • Add all ingredients except the clams to the crock pot.
  • Turn the heat down to low and cook the soup for 5 hours.
  • Add the clams and cook for an additional hour.

This makes a big hearty pot of soup. I like to freeze some and have it on hand for lunches or for when I catch a cold.

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