Manhattan Clam Chowder with Spicy Sausage

Ingredients

4 strips thick-cut bacon, diced
2 spicy Italian sausages, casings removed
1 cup peeled and diced Yukon Gold or other white potatoes (cut into ¼-inch cubes), divided
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
1 sweet onion, such as Vidalia, cut into ¼-inch cubes
2 ribs celery, cut into ¼-inch cubes
2 carrots, cut into ¼-inch cubes
1 green bell pepper, cut into ¼-inch cubes
1 sprig fresh thyme
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
4 cups bottled clam juice
1 28-ounce can plus 1 cup diced tomatoes, including liquid
1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
Kosher salt to taste
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups chopped or minced fresh clam meat, with juices

Instructions

In a 5- to 7-quart pot over medium heat, cook the bacon, sausages, and ½ cup of the potatoes until the sausages and bacon are browned. (Use a spoon to break up the sausages as you go.) Add the garlic, onion, celery, carrots, bell pepper, and herbs. Cook, stirring, until the vegetables are tender and the onions translucent, about 10 minutes. Increase the heat to medium-high and add the bottled clam juice, stirring to scrape any browned bits off the bottom of the pot. Add the tomatoes in their liquid and the remaining ½ cup of the potatoes. Bring the chowder to a simmer. Add Old Bay and season with salt and pepper. Simmer (don’t boil) until the potatoes are tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Add the clam meat with its juices to the chowder just before serving. Serve hot.

Yield: 

8 servings

Course

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