Confetti Clam Soup

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Quick Facts

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 30 min.
Cook Time: 45 min.
Total: 1 hr. 15 min.
Chase away the winter blues with this colorful bowl of omega-3-rich soup!


  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, coarsely chopped
  • 2 large red and/or yellow bell peppers, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 oz Canadian bacon, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 12 oz new potatoes, cut into 1/2" chunks
  • 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 dozen littleneck clams, well scrubbed


  • Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, bell peppers, and black pepper.
  • Stir well, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 12 to 14 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
  • Stir in the Canadian bacon, garlic, and thyme. Increase the heat to medium-high and cook and stir for 5 minutes, or until all the juices have evaporated.
  • Add the broth and potatoes, cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Stir in the tomatoes and wine (if used), cover, and simmer for 5 minutes longer. Remove from the heat.
  • In a covered medium skillet, bring the water to a boil over high heat. Add the clams. Reduce the heat to medium, cover, and cook, stirring often, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the clams open.
  • With tongs, transfer the clams to a bowl, discarding those that don't open. Line a fine-mesh strainer with dampened paper towels. Pour the clam broth through the strainer into a glass measure, leaving any sand behind. Add the broth to the soup. Reheat if necessary.
  • Remove the clams from their shells and chop coarsely. Add the clams to the soup, reheat briefly, and ladle into bowls.
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Nutrition Facts

Calories 160
  Calories from Fat 46 (29%)
(8%)Total Fat 5g
(5%)Saturated Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
(3%)Cholesterol 9mg
(25%)Sodium 605mg
(18%)Potassium 646mg
Total Carbohydrate 18g
(14%)Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 5g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(17%)Protein 8g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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