I love soup, it's pretty much my favorite thing to make or eat. When we eat out I usually order a bowl of soup, French Onion or Clam Chowder- my top 2 favorite soups. Now French Onion I have made, got it down pat actually. But for some reason Clam Chowder has always seemed like something to complicated for me to mess with.
So every once in awhile when I get hungry for it & will pick up a can, no favorites, at the store and heat it up. Which is fine, BUT I am not a big fan of canned or pre-pkged foods so I usually end up a little grossed out from this. A few weeks ago when I borrowed a soup cookbook from the library I marked a few of the Clam Chowder recipes and decided to give it a try. I kind of combined 3 different recipes in to one here, just taking what I liked from each one. This soup was WONDERFUL, seriously I have never ever had a better bowl of Clam Chowder in my life, & from start to finish it took me no more than 30 min.
Clam Chowder with Mushrooms
1-6.5oz can of minced clams, drain juice & set aside
4 med potatoes, peeled & cubed
1 small can cream of mushroom soup
1c. evap milk
2T. onion powder
1/2t. garlic salt
Bring water and clam juice to a boil, add in potatoes & onion powder, simmer for 15 min. Stir in the remaining ingred. and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and serve.
Next time I make this I will be adding 2 stalks of celery, minced.And fresh parsley instead of the dried. Also for someone who didn't want the mushrooms in it you could use cream of potato soup or a roux.