New! New England Clam Chowder

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 55 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 35 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Nutrition Info
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Ingredients

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil

4 slices Canadian bacon, diced (2 ounces)

1 large onion, chopped (about 2 cups)

6 stalks celery, diced (about 2 cups)

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic (about 3 large cloves)

2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

2 1-pound containers frozen clams packed in their own juice, thawed, juice reserved

1 1/4 pounds russet potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch dice

1 bay leaf

2 cups cold low-fat (1 percent) milk

2 tablespoons heavy cream

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Hot sauce (such as Tabasco), for serving (optional)

Directions

  1. Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the Canadian bacon and cook, stirring frequently, until crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer the bacon to a plate. 
  2. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, the onion, celery, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper to the pot and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables have softened, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic and thyme and cook, stirring, for 1 minute more. Add 1 1/2 cups water, the reserved clam juice (about 1 1/2 cups), the potatoes and bay leaf and bring to a boil. Partially cover the pot and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. 
  3. Whisk the milk, cream and flour in a bowl until the flour is dissolved. Slowly add the mixture to the pot, stirring constantly. While stirring, bring the soup to a simmer (do not boil). Reduce the heat to medium low and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 8 minutes. Add the clams and simmer 2 minutes more. Discard the bay leaf. Add salt and pepper to taste. 
  4. Right before serving, stir in the bacon. Serve with the hot sauce.
  5. Per serving: Calories 312; Fat 8g (Saturated 2g); Cholesterol 66mg; Sodium 510mg; Carbohydrate 33g; Fiber 3g; Protein 27g 

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