Mussel chowder

Mussel chowder

Do you love flavorful and creamy soups? Do you love mussels? O.M.G., you’re going to LOVE this low-carb soup. It’s irresistible!

Mussel chowder

Do you love flavorful and creamy soups? Do you love mussels? O.M.G., you’re going to LOVE this low-carb soup. It’s irresistible!
USMetric
4 servingservings

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp butter
  • 5 oz. 150 g bacon or pancetta
  • 2 2 garlic clove, finely choppedgarlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 1 yellow onion, finely choppedyellow onions, finely chopped
  • 8 oz. 225 g celery root, diced
  • 1 cup 225 ml water
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 cups 475 ml heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 1 1 bay leafbay leaves
  • 1 1 fish bouillon cubefish bouillon cubes
  • 8 oz. 225 g canned mussels
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh thyme, for topping (optional)

Instructions

Instructions are for 4 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Peel and finely chop garlic and onion. Peel and dice the root celery.
  2. Fry panchetta or bacon in butter until it's really crispy. Remove the bacon from the pan, but leave the fat.
  3. Sauté the vegetables in the same pan for a few minutes until golden. Add thyme and bay leaf.
  4. Add water, bouillon, heavy cream, vinegar and the mussel juice (optional). Bring to a boil, lower the heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Pepper and salt to taste. Add the mussels and let simmer for a few minutes.
  6. Serve with finely chopped thyme/parsley and the fried bacon.

Tip!

You can heat cold crispy pancetta or bacon in the microwave oven. Twenty seconds on high is usually enough.

Feel free to substitute frozen mussels for the canned.

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15 comments

  1. Tas'.
    How big are the cans of mussels or clams?
    Reply: #2
  2. Kristin Berglund Team Diet Doctor

    How big are the cans of mussels or clams?

    Hi Tas'!

    The cans are 6,5 oz (about 200 g) each. We've updated the recipe now. Thank you!

  3. Barbs
    I've never seen cans of mussels or clams in the UK that's not to say there aren't any, could we also use a frozen seafood mix of mussels, prawns and calamari?
  4. kaylenew
    iherb sells clams and mussels in oil, you can find them on amazon as well, they're pretty good and i think it will be fantastic added to this recipe!
  5. lesia
    GOOD MORNING I don't like mussels can I use crab meat and will that bring up the carbs
  6. Katherine
    Crab meat has no carbs. Make sure you use real crab and not Surimi/imitation crab.
  7. Laurie
    "1 yellow onion" is quite vague. Onions vary in sizes. Why not include a weight for the amount, as everything else has?
  8. Andrew
    Just an average sized onion will do This dish is yummy If you are in the UK Sainsbury's has frozen cooked Mussels
  9. Alex
    In the US I can’t find any store that sells canned mussels. Any recommendations? I’m in the DC area.
    Reply: #10
  10. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    In the US I can’t find any store that sells canned mussels. Any recommendations? I’m in the DC area.

    You can substitute canned oysters or clams if you also like those options.

  11. June B
    Fresh green-lipped mussels for me every time thanks. :) No way would I use canned or even frozen mussels when big fresh ones are as cheap as chips in NZ.
  12. Saskia
    Made this without the celery root (or celeriac), so lacked a bit of 'body'. Otherwise very tasty - put some mussel juice in (optional) to give it extra flavour. Used potted mussels from supermarket.
  13. Nini
    What can you substitute for the bacon/ pancetta? Also can you use celery stalk instead of celery root? Have not seen it in any supermarket.
    Reply: #14
  14. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    What can you substitute for the bacon/ pancetta? Also can you use celery stalk instead of celery root? Have not seen it in any supermarket.

    There may not be a good substitute for the bacon or pancetta. If you need to avoid pork, you could try beef or turkey bacon instead. Celery stalk is very different from the celery root. It's sometimes called celeriac, so you can ask your grocery store's customer service desk if they stock it or can get it for you.

  15. Ally Borges
    I really loved this! I didn't have celeriac and couldn't see it in the supermarket so just used what I had - broccoli, instead.
    I also used fresh green lipped mussels, I steamed them and then used the liquid in the soup.
    Will be making this often!!

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