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New England Clam Chowder

This New England Clam Chowder is creamy and delicious, filled with chunks of tender potatoes and flavorful clams. The bacon adds a smoky flavor to the soup, making it the ultimate comfort food on a cold day.

Tasty Team
May 04, 2023
98% would make again
New England Clam Chowder


for 6 servings

  • 4 oz bacon (115 g), 4 slices, chopped
  • 2 cups onion (300 g), diced
  • 1 cup celery (225 g), diced
  • 1 cup carrot (125 g), diced
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour (40 g)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 cans minced clam, with juice
  • 1 ½ cups chicken stock (350 mL)
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 cups heavy cream (480 mL)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • oyster cracker, for garnish

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 497
  • Fat 41g
  • Carbs 29g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Sugar 8g
  • Protein 14g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. Place a fine mesh strainer over a medium bowl and strain the 4 cans of minced clams, separating the meat from the juices.
  2. Using a 6-quart dutch oven or pot of similar size, fry bacon over medium-high heat until fat renders and the edges begin to crisp.
  3. Add onion and sauté until softened and translucent, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat to low and add carrots, celery and flour, stirring constantly for 3-5 minutes to avoid lumps.
  5. Add black pepper, thyme, reserved clam juices, chicken stock, diced potatoes, and bay leaf. Stir to incorporate, then cover and bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce heat to a simmer and let cook until potatoes are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  7. Remove bay leaf and add cream. Allow chowder to simmer for an additional 10-20 minutes until soup has thickened to an appropriate consistency.
  8. Add in reserved clam meat and cook for an additional 2-4 minutes.
  9. Remove from heat and serve with oyster crackers
  10. Enjoy!
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New England Clam Chowder