Manhattan Glam Chowder

Updated January 09, 2023
Manhattan Glam Chowder
Manhattan Glam Chowder
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Editor's Note: You've heard of clam chowder, but what about Manhattan Glam Chowder? This vegan take on the classic soup recipe is one you won't want to miss. Full of flavor and spice, this chowder recipe uses a wide assortment of vegetables and herbs, resulting in a chowder that's hearty and tasty. The addition of your choice of oyster or cremini mushrooms will take this easy vegan recipe to the next level in a big way. When the weather turns cold this fall and winter, keep this easy soup recipe on standby — it will definitely warm you up inside and out. 

Manhattan clam chowder is the red, tomato-based soup found on diner menus all over the city. Mushrooms bring the perfect texture and flavor to this vegan version of the iconic New York City soup. 



Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

Occasional Fresco, Buffet, Buffet Meal, Card Night, Casual Dinner Party, Family Get Together

Recipe CourseHot Appetizer, Side Dish

Dietary ConsiderationVegan

MealDinner, Lunch

Taste and TextureHerby, Savory

Type of DishChowder, Hot Soup, Soup


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2 celery ribs, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon dulse flakes or 1/2 sheet nori
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 2 medium waxy potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, undrained, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup diced oyster or cremini mushrooms
  • 8 ounces white button mushrooms, sliced 1/8-inch thick
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry or white wine
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Salt and ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the carrots, celery, and onion. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally until soft, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the tomato paste and cook, stirring for 1 minute.

  2. Add the oregano, thyme, bay leaves, dulse, Old Bay Seasoning, and potatoes. Add the vegetable broth, stir well, and bring the soup to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.

  3. Add the tomatoes and stir well. Add the oyster mushrooms, button mushrooms, sherry, and sugar. Bring the soup to a boil again. Cover, reduce the heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Remove and discard the bay leaves, thyme sprigs, and nori (if using). Taste and add salt and pepper as needed. Serve hot.


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