New England Cod Chowder

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READY IN: 50mins
SERVES: 5
YIELD: 10 cups
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 4
    slices bacon
  • 3
    medium carrots, each cut lengthwise in half, then crosswise into slices
  • 3
    celery ribs, diced (or 1 large fennel bulb, diced)
  • 1
    medium onion, diced
  • 3
    medium potatoes, peeled and cut into1/2-inch cubes (1 pound)
  • 3
    (8 ounce) bottles clam juice
  • 1
    (14 1/2 ounce) can chicken broth (or 1 3/4 cups homemade chicken broth)
  • 1
    (1 lb) cod fish fillet, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1
    cup half-and-half or 1 cup light cream
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DIRECTIONS

  • In a 5-quart Dutch oven or saucepot, cook bacon over medium heat until browned. Remove bacon to paper towels to drain; crumble.
  • Discard all but 2 tablespoons bacon fat in Dutch oven. Add carrots, celery (or fennel), and onion, and cook until lightly browned, 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add potatoes, clam juice, chicken broth, and bay leaf; heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 to 15 minutes until vegetables are tender.
  • Add cod; cook, covered, 2 to 5 minutes until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Carefully stir in half-and-half; heat through. Discard bay leaf. Serve soup with crumbled bacon.
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