CEimB: Tomato Clam Soup

by Joanne on October 7, 2010

This week, the Ellie group cooked up heart warming soup.  I didn’t have the tortillas since shopping was put on the back burner due to a late return from our marathon weekend.


Instead of making Tomato-Tortilla Soup, I made Tomato Clam Soup. 

The recipe was customized with what we did have on hand and the result was once again, a rewarding meal.   Thanks to Mary of Popsicles and Sandy Feet for the pick.


The Apple Crumbles version: *Serves 4

  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup Mezzetta TAMED jalapeno peppers, chopped *These gave a tangy taste to the soup since they are in a pickling juice and I didn’t rinse them.
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp dried cilantro
  • 3/4 tsp oregano (dried)
  • 2 cups Vegetable Broth
  • 1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes with juice
  • 3 TBS lime juice
  • 1 6.5 oz can whole clams, drained
  • 1 6.5 oz can chopped clams, drained
  • Bagel chips (optional)
  • 2 TBS Plain, Low Fat Greek Style yogurt
  • Lime zest

Heat the olive oil in a pan and when hot, add the onions, garlic, jalapenos, cumin, cilantro, oregano.  Cook for 5 minutes over medium heat.  Add the vegetable broth and tomatoes with juice and bring to a boil.  Add the lime juice and simmer for 10 minutes.

Remove from heat and puree with an immersion blender.  Place the soup back on the stove and add the clams.  Heat for another 5 minutes.

Serve with the bagel chips floating on the soup with the dollop of yogurt sitting on top of the chip.  Garnish with lime zest.


Mmmmm…. chunky whole clams…


Eat the bagel chips first otherwise they will be a soggy little object in your soup.  That’s just not good.


Zesty and full of flavor. We really liked this soup.  I would make it again and I would make it again WITH clams. 

Great pick Mary!


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  • At 2010.10.07 07:09, Heather said:

    I LOVE homemade soup – I make it even more now that I have an emmersion blender. 🙂
    And tomato based soups are my favorite!

    • At 2010.10.07 14:04, Joanne said:

      I like a chunky soup. Black bean or lentil any day.

      • At 2010.10.07 07:55, claudia lamascolo said:

        I hear its chilly and damp up there right now this looks perfect will have to save this when we get a little chillier here…love the lightness of this and cilantro is a great blend of flavoring…another healthy wonderful addition to this site!

        • At 2010.10.07 14:05, Joanne said:

          Thanks Claudia 🙂

          • At 2010.10.07 09:26, Bri said:

            Yum! It’s always fun to take a recipe and make it your own, like you did here. I added lime zest as garnish as well, and really enjoyed it. Yours looks great.

            • At 2010.10.07 14:05, Joanne said:

              Sometimes, I should leave well enough alone but always feel the need to customize.

              • At 2010.10.07 10:47, Hannah said:

                Now that’s a different way to serve up tomato soup… I’m thinking that some sauteed mushrooms instead of clams might make a nice substitution for me. 😉

                • At 2010.10.07 14:05, Joanne said:

                  I like that sauteed mushroom idea!

                  • At 2010.10.07 10:50, peggy said:

                    Now Joanne you know I can’t eat that soup with those clams in it! 🙂 But you make everything look so delicious. I meant to make this last night but had too much going on. Hope to get to it tonight.

                    • At 2010.10.07 14:06, Joanne said:

                      Maybe chicken?

                      • At 2010.10.07 12:25, Monet said:

                        What a lovely seafood soup! I was hoping to make soup for dinner tonight, and this recipe looks just delightful. I love the combination of tomatoes and clams…so I know that this soup would be perfect for us. Thank you for sharing. Now I just need to bake a big loaf of crusty bread!

                        • At 2010.10.07 14:06, Joanne said:

                          Send some of that bread my way 🙂

                          • At 2010.10.07 13:10, Molly said:

                            love the addition of clams in this!

                            Hey! Congrats on running Wineglass!! Loved your recap, great job!!

                            • At 2010.10.07 14:06, Joanne said:

                              Thank you Molly. It was a great time…ah…now it’s over. 😉

                              • At 2010.10.07 13:12, blackbookkitchendiaries said:

                                I love this soup already. This sounds so good right about now:)

                                • At 2010.10.07 14:07, Joanne said:

                                  Thanks. Love those green veggies on your site. They made me hungry all over again and I JUST ate.

                                  • At 2010.10.07 13:37, Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox said:

                                    Mmmm lime and bagel chip garnish

                                    • At 2010.10.07 14:08, Joanne said:

                                      I ate more bagel chips than I care to admit while contemplating adding them. Whoops!

                                      • At 2010.10.07 13:46, Kayte said:

                                        Looks great! Marathon blogging was wonderful…congrats to all!

                                        • At 2010.10.07 14:08, Joanne said:

                                          Thanks Kayte.

                                          • At 2010.10.07 18:08, Margaret said:

                                            LOVE the idea of adding the clams. I thot about chicken, but just left it as was. It was really good. Will have to try with clams next time.

                                            • At 2010.10.07 21:56, Anabela said:

                                              Hubby loves clams, that looks delicious! Then I have to apologize for not being online lately and I missed your First Marathon Post.
                                              OMG you ROCKED! You had an amazing time! Congrats!

                                              • At 2010.10.07 22:54, Liz said:

                                                Looks great, Joanne. I’ve never had clams, but it sounds like a good customization. I also the suggestion above for sauteed mushrooms. Yum!

                                                • At 2010.10.08 12:19, Shandy said:

                                                  I LOVE your tomato soup alterations! Everyone of your photos looks delicious and beautiful too.

                                                  Glad you had a great time at your marathon!!!!!

                                                  • At 2010.10.08 20:31, Mary said:

                                                    Yum. I love your claim variation.

                                                    • At 2010.10.10 09:41, Anne@ Food Loving Polar Bear said:

                                                      Homemade soup is so good, especially tomato soup. This would be a great meal on these dark, autumn days.

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