New England Clam Chowder Recipe
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New England Clam Chowder Recipe

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I wasn't satisfied with other recipes I came across for clam chowder, so I devised this one. Everyone who's tried it raves about it. The dish is great on a cold day.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:10-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 quarts milk
  • 3 cans (6-1/2 ounces each) chopped clams, undrained
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 254 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 678mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 9g protein.


  1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, saute onions in butter until tender. Add flour; stir until smooth. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Drain potatoes; add to Dutch oven. Add clams and remaining ingredients; heat through. Yield: 10-12 servings (3 quarts).
Originally published as New England Clam Chowder in Country December/January 1995, p49

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Dibilaweed User ID: 1491842 217046
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

"I didn't care for the spices added to this recipe. I'll go back to my old recipe."

trina122680 User ID: 6348433 14634
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2014

"My husband and son both said this was a restaurant-quailty chowder! It is absolutely delicious. I was looking for a little thicker soup (just my preference), so instead of milk, I used half-and-half. And I added a fourth can of clams! :)

One great thing about this recipe: the ease!"

tcarver User ID: 5663692 29098
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2014

"I liked the flavor of this soup. Next time I will cook the potatoes a bit with the onion and celery to add a bit more flavor and a bit more cream."

kittycatgirl17 User ID: 6815690 10909
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2013

"This recipe is fabulous!"

gone.campin User ID: 1130871 33132
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2013

"Due to a previous comment, I used half of the thyme, but still did not care for the flavor. I wanted mine thick and creamy, so I used a quart of half and half and a quart of whole milk. I was pleased with the results. I added 2 minced garlic cloves and finely diced celery with the onions. I omitted the celery salt and sage. Overall, I was satisfied with my chowder, but it just wasn't my favorite."

catlovesbooks User ID: 4808399 4697
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2013

"Best clam chowder ever!"

dietitian mindy User ID: 6945357 21269
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2012

"I did not like the thyme in this recipe, the worst clam chowder I have ever had."

tamarachronister User ID: 1908061 11578
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2012

"Delicious, especially now since the weather is getting colder! My husband and I loved it, and he keeps telling me he isn't a soup person .... but he keeps asking for more! We both added a little more pepper! I didn't have celery salt, but had celery flakes and added a tad more salt. Excellent!"

CARSONM1 User ID: 6715977 21268
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2012

"Great soup! I added 3 additional cans of clams."

cookinama User ID: 5947968 10234
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2012

"Clicked off before the stars!"

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