Friday, August 10, 2007

Manhattan Inspired Seafood Chowder

Well the end result was excellent. Tim called it as good as anything you'd get in any restaurant... until he found out there was V8 in it! Then he thought I totally cheated but the end result was well worth it. Here's the recipe and variations. And this one freezes beautifully.

Serves 3 - 4 points per serving

  • 3 tbsp of diced pancetta (or back bacon but you may need to add a little oil to saute it and then the onions in)
  • 1 cup of sweet onions
  • 2 tsp of minced garlic
  • 1 398ml/14 oz. can of tomatoes, low or no sodium
  • 1 1/2 cup of low sodium V8
  • 2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning or a mix of salt, pepper, red pepper, paprika
  • 5 dashes tabassco (it won't make it too hot)
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 cup of bay scallops
  • 1 fillet of haddock
  • 1/2 cup of chicken or veggie broth if needed

    Heat the saucepan or soup pot to medium high. Brown the pancetta and remove
    it from the pot. Add in the onions using the oil from the pancetta to brown it.
    Reduce heat to medium

    Add in the garlic and saute for one minute.

    Add in the can of tomatoes and use a wooden spoon to break up the

    Add in the rest of the ingredients up to and including the

    Simmer for a minimum of 15 minutes or up to an hour

    Add in the scallops, fish and broth if needed to get the right consistency
    for your liking.

    Toss in the pancetta and serve with mutigrain crusty bread.

Leave out the seafood and puree the soup and you have the best tasting homemade tomato soup! Want to make cream of tomato? Substitute the last 1/2 cup of broth for milk. I'd be tempted to add in some cheese to at the end to make it just like I used to have as a kid!

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