- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Stir in clams and remaining half-and-half; heat through (do not boil). Crumble the cooked bacon; sprinkle over each serving. Yield: 5 servings.
Reviews forContest-Winning New England Clam Chowder
"Very good recipe and easy to make! I like how thick it was. Served it with cheddar bay biscuits.It was a hit!"
"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."
"Like this page a lot."
"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."
"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."
"Was so flavorful im glad i made it. I served it with garlic bread sticks!"
"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."
"I have a recipe I love and thought I would give this one a try. My old favorite is much better."
"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!"