Contest-Winning New England Clam Chowder Recipe
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Contest-Winning New England Clam Chowder Recipe

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In the Pacific Northwest, we dig our own razor clams and I grind them for the chowder! Since these aren't readily available, the canned clams are perfectly acceptable. —Sandy Larson, Port Angeles, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 4 center-cut bacon strips
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 small potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bottle (8 ounces) clam juice
  • 3 teaspoons reduced-sodium chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups fat-free half-and-half, divided
  • 2 cans (6-1/2 ounces each) chopped clams, undrained

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups: 260 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 788mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 13g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain; set aside. Saute celery and onion in the drippings until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the potatoes, water, clam juice, bouillon, pepper and thyme. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour and 1 cup half-and-half until smooth. Gradually stir into soup. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Stir in clams and remaining half-and-half; heat through (do not boil). Crumble the cooked bacon; sprinkle over each serving. Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as New England Clam Chowder in Healthy Cooking October/November 2008, p31

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No_Time_To_Cook User ID: 6334849 265688
Reviewed May. 8, 2017

"Very Good! I doubled the potatoes and used regular fat half and half. I had fresh clams, so I saut?ed them with the onion and celery."

Robert User ID: 9161357 265544
Reviewed May. 5, 2017

"quick an easy recipe I made it for my family and did not have the potatoes and had to substitute dehydrated potatoes from a box of au gratin potatoes and I was delicious and much quicker to cook since I did not have to wait for the potatoes to soften."

Rose User ID: 8989618 259749
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2017

"Like this page a lot."

meliss.beyer User ID: 7101887 259639
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2017

"This recipe had good flavors. It thickened up quickly to begin with but thinned out a lot after adding the rest of the half and half and the clams. I would maybe add less half and half or drain one of the cans of clams next time."

Tess User ID: 8980101 257698
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2016

"This is a fabulous recipe! Great flavor and consistency. It's reasonably simple to make and many of the ingredients are things I have on hand in my pantry and fridge. I have substituted whole milk instead of half and half before and it's still good, but the half and half yields slightly better results. I like to add a handful of fresh chopped parsley at the end."

[email protected] User ID: 8892696 250355
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2016

"Was so flavorful im glad i made it. I served it with garlic bread sticks!"

mwajr User ID: 8833959 247050
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2016

"I substituted 2 leeks (mostly the white parts) for the onion, unsalted chicken broth for the bullion and added salt to taste. This is a great recipe!! Thanks for sharing."

abashu User ID: 6784654 244555
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2016

"I have a recipe I love and thought I would give this one a try. My old favorite is much better."

kvanvuren User ID: 5637536 244427
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2016

"This was the first time I made clam chowder and I made this for supper tonight. My family and I really liked it! I doubled the recipe, more than doubled the potatoes and decreased the half and half to 3 cups, instead of 4 cups with the recipe doubled.

Thank you for the recipe!"

cclaudiamc User ID: 1015500 243364
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2016

"This was an excellent recipe for clam chowder. I did use 3 cans of clams which I drained and added the juice to the water for cooking the potatoes and did not buy 8 oz. of just clam juice separetly. I also used 1/4 instead of 1/3 cup flour because I did not want it too thick, it was perfect for us with 1/4 cup flour. I wish the reviewer "from New England" had been more specific in why she would not make this again. A negative remark with no explanation is of no help at all. Enlighten us please as to why you made it in the first place since you have stated it "is definetly NOT New England Clm Chowder.""

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