Creamy Clam and White Bean Chowder
White beans substitute for the usual potatoes in this chowder, made with sweet butternut squash, briny littleneck clams and smoky bacon. Rancho Gordo cellini beans give the soup a buttery richness, but Great Northern beans are terrific as well. Warming Soup Recipes
This bacony chowder needs a full-bodied white wine—in other words, buttery, oak-inflected California Chardonnay. Good Chardonnay producers farm vineyards to keep the grapes' acidity high, which prevents robust whites from becoming cloying.