This is my take on the oyster stew that my mom used to make when I was a child. I kind of gussied it up a bit by adding some fresh veggies, thickening the soup, and adding cheese.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
2 quarts
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute the chopped onion, green onion, and mushrooms until tender. Stir in the spinach a handful at a time and cook to wilt.

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  • Whisk together 2 cups of milk with the flour in a small bowl. Pour into saucepan, and add remaining milk and chicken broth. Cook over medium heat until thickened. Stir in undrained oysters and cheese. Cook, stirring often, until cheese has melted.

Nutrition Facts

169 calories; protein 11.4g 23% DV; carbohydrates 13.4g 4% DV; fat 7.8g 12% DV; cholesterol 48.8mg 16% DV; sodium 186.7mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2006
I loved this recipe although I did make a few changes I used 2 lbs of fresh oysters and added a 1/2 lb of bacon (chopped and fried crispy) I double the sauce and used Heavy Whipping cream instead of milk. 8 oz of mushrooms and a red onion chopped. This is wonderful chowder!! Thanks Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/16/2012
A good recipe base that needs some extra touches to bring it from blah to great. Next time I'll try bacon Old Bay or something--anything--to give it a little more flavor. Read More
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37 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2006
I loved this recipe although I did make a few changes I used 2 lbs of fresh oysters and added a 1/2 lb of bacon (chopped and fried crispy) I double the sauce and used Heavy Whipping cream instead of milk. 8 oz of mushrooms and a red onion chopped. This is wonderful chowder!! Thanks Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2007
I grew up with oyster stew that was simply milk butter and oysters... and is still a favorite. This is a new dimension... very tasty very different but still showcasing the oyster flavor. I did as another reviewer suggested and added bacon (diced and crisply cooked). I also added a bit of salt and about a teaspoon of habanero sauce. Wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2007
Excellent recipe! I used some 1/2 & 1/2 to make a little creamier and used Paula Deens house seasoning. This one's a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/30/2009
The spinach and mushrooms give this a classy appearance and adds a bit of elegance to the dinner table. In the taste deparment it falls flat and in my opinion really can't stand on it's own. However it is excellent when accompanied with flavorful garnishes. I topped with "Ranch Style Oyster Crackers" from this site and added a tablespoon of chopped green onions to each bowl (seconds were requested). This recipe falls in the category of healthy/low-fat recipes so I would not expect it to have a rich buttery flavor that is traditional with oyster stew but at the very least it needs salt & pepper; maybe even some chowder seasoning or something just to give it a little pick me up. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2010
This was a really simple soup to make. Half way through cooking I realized I had a can of clams instead of oysters but used it anyways. Still turned out great! I will try it with oysters next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2010
Use some Extra Sharp White Cheddar and Real Cream YUM! (the x-sharp white melts like silk no clumping) No its not for the weight watcher but if your cooking for company GO FOR THE FLAVOR! Need spice? try Old Bay Seasoning and say YES to the Bacon - yeah its a heart stopper but for those who are the weight watchers just don't eat a lot and exercise an extra 10 minutes the next day. ENJOY. Thank you Raoulysgirl for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/23/2009
Very Tasty. I put leftovers in the freezer they were good too as leftovers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2010
Excellent! Being a clam lover I am not too fond of oysters but this was terrific. I will make this again. I may try it with clams the next time. Just a personal preference. They are "meatier." A great recipe/ Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2011
I made this for my husband for New Year's Day with fresh oysters he shucked..... he hasn't stopped talking about it..... It was awesome... I added the precooked bacon chopped up when I added the cheese.... and used 4 cups of whole milk and one cup of half and half. Incredible texture taste and color... I would love to try it with fresh clams... thank you for the recipe Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/16/2012
A good recipe base that needs some extra touches to bring it from blah to great. Next time I'll try bacon Old Bay or something--anything--to give it a little more flavor. Read More
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