This has to be the the most delicious meal ever.
Now that I am old I love soup so I make it a lot.
I wait for the cod or haddock to go on sale, make a big pot and freeze the leftovers.
2 pounds of cod cut into 1/2 inch to one inch pieces.
One small package of diced pancetta or 4 slices of bacon.
I prefer the pancetta.
One tablespoon butter
One diced large onion
One to two stalks of diced celery with the top greens
48 ounces of good chicken broth
16 ounces half and half
One cup of whole milk
6 potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch cubes and cooked in salted water. If the skin on the potato is thin I usually keep it on.
One cup of instant mashed potato flakes
Two big handfuls of fresh baby spinach
One teaspoon ground black pepper
2 chicken bouillon cubes, crushed
Boil the potatoes in the salted water, drain and set aside.
Heat the one tablespoon of oil and add the pancetta.
Cook till you have a nice brown color.
Take out of the pan and set aside.
Add the tablespoon of butter, celery and onion in the same pot.
Cook till everything is soft but not brown.
Add the broth, drained potatoes and pancetta and bring to a slow boil.
Lower the heat and add the cod and let it cook for five minutes.
Add the milk and 1/2 and 1/2.
Cook till everything is hot.
Add the bouillon and pepper then the potato flakes.
Stir gently to mix the flakes into the soup.
It will thicken the soup right away.
Taste to adjust your salt but with the bouillon cubes you probably will not need any more salt.
Put the spinach into the chowder just before you are serving it.
I cant believe what a big bowl I ate.
Garnish with shrimp, popcorn or croutons.