Whitefish, Leek and Celery Chowder 
with White Beans

Food & Wine’s Justin Chapple puts his own spin on chowder here, using beans instead of potatoes, and smoky whitefish in place of bacon. It’s hearty and delicious but lighter and fresher than most chowders.

  • Total Time:
  • Servings: 4

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  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

  • 2 large leeks, halved lengthwise and cut into 1-inch lengths

  • 4 celery ribs, cut into 
 1/2 -inch pieces, 
plus leaves for garnish

  • 1 white onion, finely chopped

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced 

  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • Three 8-ounce bottles 
clam juice

  • 3 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 pound skinless whitefish fillets, such as hake or cod, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1/2 pound smoked whitefish, flaked

  • One 15-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

  • Snipped chives, for garnish

  • Crusty bread, for serving

How to make this recipe

  1. In a large saucepan, heat the 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the leeks, celery, onion, garlic and a generous pinch of 
salt. Cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, 
until the vegetables are just softened but not browned, about 10 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Add the clam juice, stock, cream and bay leaf and bring just to a boil. Simmer over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender and the chowder is slightly thickened, 
about 7 minutes. 

  2. Stir the fresh and smoked fish and the beans into 
the soup and simmer over moderately low heat until the fresh fish is just cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Discard the bay leaf and season the chowder with salt and 
pepper. Ladle the chowder into bowls and garnish with celery leaves, chives, pepper and 
a drizzle of olive oil. Serve with crusty bread.

Make Ahead

The soup can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Reheat gently before serving.

Contributed By Photo © Marcus Nilsson Published January 2017

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