Hearty & Creamy New England Clam Chowder Recipe

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This New England Clam Chowder Recipe is loaded with taste and goodness. With ingredients including potatoes, onions, bacon, and of course, clams this 40-minute soup will reward you with a bowlful of filling, hearty, deliciousness!

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New England Clam Chowder Recipe

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.

Chowder is a type of soup or stew often prepared with milk or cream, and in the case of this New England Clam Chowder recipe, clams. Other common ingredients are potatoes, onions, and bacon.

The dish originated in the Northeastern United States, and many regional variations exist. New England is probably the most well known, but other popular variations are Manhattan or “red” clam chowder, which includes tomatoes, and Rhode Island or “clear” clam chowder, which omits both.  It is believed that clams were used in chowder because of the relative ease of harvesting them.

Clam chowder is a hearty, warming soup for cold days or evenings. Oyster Crackers are a classic accompaniment to this soup, being used as a garnish (a bit like croutons) or even crushed and put into the soup as a thickener.

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Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

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It does not include staple ingredients such as oil, salt, sugar, etc., as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen. The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found in the recipe card.

  • ProteinThick-Cut Bacon
  • Fresh ProducePotatoes (Yukon Gold, Maris Piper), Red Onion, Carrots, Garlic, Parsley, Thyme
  • DairyWhole Milk, Heavy Cream (Double Cream)
  • Chickpea Flour this makes the recipe gluten-free
  • Old Bay Seasoninga savory blend of herbs and spices including celery salt, paprika and red and black peppers
  • Canned Chopped Clamsincluding the juice

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New England Clam Chowder Recipe

How Do I Make New England Clam Chowder?

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Recipe for Clam Chowder

New England Clam Chowder

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This New England Clam Chowder Recipe is loaded with taste and goodness.


  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon, diced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp chickpea flour
  • ½ cup clam juice
  • 2 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream (double cream)
  • 1 lb. Yukon Gold/Maris Piper potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • ½ tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 2 (6.5-oz/185g) cans chopped clams, including juice
  • 3 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped


  1. Heat a large soup pot over medium heat. Add bacon and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the bacon becomes crispy. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and transfer to a plate lined with paper towels. Blot off excess grease and set it aside.
  2. Drain and discard all but 2 tablespoons of bacon grease from the pot before adding onion, carrots, and garlic. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and sauté for 4-5 minutes until soft. Sprinkle with chickpea flour and cook for another minute, stirring frequently.
  3. Add the clam juice, milk, and heavy cream, and whisk until combined. Add the potatoes, Old Bay seasoning, fresh thyme, and 2/3 of the cooked bacon crumbles. Season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired, and stir to combine.
  4. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a low boil, then immediately reduce heat to a medium-low. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes until the potatoes are fork-tender.
  5. Once the potatoes are cooked, add the clams and stir to combine.
  6. Continue cooking for 2-3 minutes, or until the clams are heated through. Taste and adjust seasonings, as desired.
  7. Remove from heat and serve immediately topped with remaining bacon crumbles and fresh parsley, if desired. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 518Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 105mgSodium: 1367mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 4gSugar: 17gProtein: 30g

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