Clam Chowder Recipe:🥣😍😋🥰

This clam chowder is ultra creamy and rich, and packed with savory flavors that will make your mouth water. Homemade clam chowder is so much better than anything from a can, and easier to make than you may think!
It’s the middle of Winter in the Midwest, which means it’s perfect soup weather!

Clam chowder is an all-time favorite of mine… so creamy, flavorful, yet it still tastes fresh. Usually I’m not a huge fan of seafood, but I am alllllways in the mood for some rich clam chowder!
This is one of my Soup recipes I know you’ll want to keep on hand!
This New England Clam Chowder recipe has a creamy broth that’s loaded with delicious clams, savory bacon, simple seasonings, and perfectly cooked potatoes


  • 6 strips thick-cut bacon can sub salt pork
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 2 ribs celery diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce or ½ tsp tabasco sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 cups Half and Half
  • 8 oz. clam juice
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 ¼ lbs. potatoes see notes
  • 3 (6.5 oz. cans) chopped clams juices reserved
  • Fresh parsley & Freshly cracked pepper for serving


  • ½ teaspoon EACH: dried oregano, dried parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon EACH: dried thyme, salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon EACH: smoked paprika, pepper



Prep Work
Cook the bacon in a 4.5-quart soup pot slowly over low heat. (I cut my bacon in half, it’s easier to fit it in the pan and have it cook evenly.) While the bacon cooks, measure out remaining ingredients.

Once the bacon is cooked, set aside on a paper towel lined plate. Chop once cooled and reserve 2 tablespoons of bacon drippings.
Wipe any dark spots from the pot but leave as much bacon remnants as you can, as that will add flavor to the soup.
Make the Soup

Add reserved bacon drippings and butter to the pot over medium heat and use a silicone spatula to “clean” the bottom and sides of the pot. Add the diced onions and celery. Toss to coat and soften for 5-6 minutes. Add the garlic, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and seasonings. Cook for 1 minute.
Add the flour and cook for 2 minutes stirring continuously, until the raw flour smell is gone.

Add the chicken broth in small splashes, stirring continuously, and wiping the pan “clean” again as you do so.  half and half in the same manner.
Stir in the chicken bouillon and add the bay leaf. Add the juice from the canned clams to the soup, but don’t add the clams yet. Stir in the additional clam juice.

Bring the soup to a gentle boil, then reduce to a simmer, so that its just gently bubbling. Simmer for 20 minutes, partially covered. Stir occasionally as it cooks.

Peel and dice the potatoes and add them to the soup. Bring back to a very gentle bubble and let the potatoes cook through for 20-25 minutes, until fork tender. Reduce heat to low.
Stir in the clams and let them heat through, about 5 minutes. Remove bay leaf.

Ladle soup into serving bowls and garnish with roughly chopped parsley, freshly cracked pepper, and chopped bacon.



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