15 minute New England Clam Chowder

new england clam chowder

Snow fell last night here in Virginia – an absurdly small amount compared to what I was used to growing up in Wisconsin – but still they delayed school two hours. I’m not-so-secretly happy about this, although it would have been awesome to have the whole day! Alan laughs at my passion for the snow day, telling me I’m the only mom who wishes for one (although I know there are many others out there just like me).

This does mean that Katie’s preschool has been canceled, which means that it’s a prime opportunity to have a special day with just the two of us. I was supposed to cook for two clients today, which means I’ll have some makeup to do tomorrow. But I’ll worry about that tomorrow – today is meant for sledding, hot cocoa and – you guessed it – this delicious clam chowder!

The recipe comes from a food blog that I’m not familiar with, yet I can already tell it will be one I’ll be following. It’s unique in that it’s all about pressure cooking – hip pressure cooking, to be exact. I confess that I don’t have a pressure cooker nor have i ever cooked with one, although I was eyeballing them after Christmas and it’s the very next item on my kitchen wish list (having already crossed off several from this past Christmas, including a mortar and pestle and a pizzelle maker, posts about both coming soon).

Hip Pressure Cooking is written by Laura Pazzaglia, and if you’re at all interested in pressure cooking or just want to know what the fuss is all about, you should definitely check it out. Here’s what Laura has to say about her easy recipe for New England Clam Chowder:

If you use fresh clams it’s 5 more minutes but who wouldn’t want a chowder from scratch in under half an hour? You sautee the bacon and onions for 5 minutes, pressure cook the veggies for 5 minutes, add the cream and clams and simmer for just 5 minutes more. Wow! This recipe was so fast and delicious that it is now on my “what to serve if we have guests for lunch” rotation. Once you try it you will never be able to enjoy another clam chowder!

new england clam chowder in a bread bowl

Aren’t Laura’s pictures gorgeous? You can find all the details about how to pressure cook the hip way by visiting her site, Hip Pressure Cooking.

Have a great day!

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