Necessity is the mother of invention. I often find new ingredients at the store and am suddenly faced with inventing a manner in which to serve said ingredients. These days Costco has inexpensive tiny langostino which look like a rock shrimp and taste like a spiny lobster. This chowder recipe is perfect for them. This soup was a HUGE hit at my house. I hope that Costco continues to carry langostino ’cause we are all over this recipe!! If you can’t find rock shrimp, or spiny lobster, try chunks of any steaky fish.
Langostino Chowder (serves six)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 2 stalks celery, finely diced
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- ½ teaspoon thyme
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- ½ cup white wine
- 1 6 ½-oz jar or can chopped clams
- One 14.5-oz can chopped fire roasted tomatoes (you can use regular canned tomatoes but I am obsessed with the intense flavor of the fire roasted ones)
- Two 14.5-ounce cans tomato soup (prefer organic – I used Ann’s Organic Tomato Soup which I’ve found at Whole Foods)
- 1 8-ounce bottle clam juice
- 2 large Yukon Gold Potatoes, peeled and cut into ½ inch cubes (Russet Potatoes will work)
- 1 ½- 2 lbs pounds langostino (or spiny lobster, or chopped up shrimp)
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh flat leaf Italian parsley
- ½ cup cream (optional)
Heat oil in a heavy large saucepan or soup pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery, basil, thyme, oregano, and crushed red pepper flakes and sauté until the onion is tender, 10-12 minutes.
Drain the clams, reserving the liquid. Add the reserved clam juice to the pan. Stir in the white wine, fire roasted tomatoes, tomato soup, and bottled clam juice and bring to a simmer. Add the potatoes and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 20-25 minutes. Add the langostino and parsley and simmer until they are just heated through, about 3 minutes. Stir in the reserved clams and the ½ cup cream (optional but yummy). Season with salt and pepper (I added 1 tsp salt and no pepper – but we’re not much of a pepper family). Serve immediately.