Manhattan-Style Clam Chowder (Dairy-Free)

Comforting Manhattan Chowder

Manhattan Clam Chowder

This recipe is warm and cozy for chilly winter nights, yet light enough for a tasty summer dinner. Onion, celery, and carrots (a classic mirepoix) build the base for this simple chowder. The clams add natural salty and umami flavors while the tomatoes balance with sweet and tart notes. Together, these ingredients make for a delicious easy-to-prepare family dinner that’s sure to bring a smile to your table!

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Warm, Cozy, Satisfying – Manhatten Clam Chowder

Hearty One-Pot Soups like this clam chowder can be one of the simplest and most satisfying meals to prepare. They just take a bit of thinking ahead. When you can toss everything into a pot and let it cook, it means, less time for you in the kitchen and fewer dishes to wash.

Once a couple of vegetables are chopped for Chef Dawn’s Manhattan Clam Chowder, toss them into the pot with a few additional ingredients. Then set it aside to develop the flavors (no additional prep required!). An added bonus is that soups like this are even better the next day.

EASY MEAL TIP: Make a double batch and freeze the leftovers to reheat throughout the week. Serve with a side salad topped with your favorite AH/AD dressing, or your favorite high-fat, slow-carb side dish. For example: sautéed beans and vegetables in olive oil, mashed fauxtatoes topped with cheese or olive oil, hummus blended with avocado and vegetable crudités, etc.

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Chef Dawn's Manhatten Clam Chowder

Chef Dawn's Manhattan Clam Chowder

Chef Dawn Ludwig
This chilly weather has us begging for a warm, comforting, and delicious bowl of chowder. This simple Manhatten Chowder is the perfect mid-day pick-me-up-lunch or wind-down dinner to enjoy during the chilly winter season.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • ½ tsp celery seed
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 14-16 ounces clam juice or broth
  • 3 10-ounce jars of baby clams, or fresh chopped clams with juice
  • 3 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, pureed
  • 1-2 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt, or to taste
  • ¼ tsp black pepper, or to taste
  • 2 lbs white meat fish

Optional Additions

  • tabasco, to taste
  • 1 cup cooked (or canned, rinsed, and drained) chickpeas


  • Heat olive oil in a large soup pot.
  • Add onion, celery, carrots, garlic, thyme, and celery seed. Sauté 3-5 minutes, or until onions begin to soften.
  • Add bay leaf, carrots, clam juice, clams (with juice), tomatoes, water, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 25 minutes.
  • Add fish. Simmer for 10-15 minutes or until fish is completely cooked.



Replace 2 tbsp olive oil with 2 slices of bacon. Sauté bacon in 1 tbsp olive oil. When the bacon is crispy, remove and set aside. Add vegetables and cook according to regular directions. Add bacon back in at the end (as a topping). 

Nutrition (Chowder Only without additions)

Fat: 8g
Carbohydrate: 7g
Protein: 39g
Calories: 260

Nutrition (Full Meal)

Pair each bowl of soup with a side salad of leafy greens and non-starchy vegetables tossed in 2-3 tablespoons of AH or AD dressing of choice (OR, 1-2 tablespoons of AH or AD dressing of choice plus 1/2 avocado, sliced). Add 1/2 cup cooked or canned, drained and rinsed white beans to the chowder OR salad. If you prefer fruit, replace the beans with 1 apple (sliced and tossed with salad or served on the side).
*Nutrition calculated with 2-3 tablespoons dressing and 1/2 cup white beans.
Fat: 48%
Carbohydrate: 23%
Protein: 29%
Calories: 660
Keyword Dairy-Free, Fish, Phase 1, Phase 2
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