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Traditional New England Clam Chowder

I left a cruise ship with a great souvenir...the recipe for this splendid chowder! It's a traditional soup that stands the test of time. —Agnes Ward, Stratford, Ontario
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Cook: 15 min.
  • Makes
    7 servings


  • 12 fresh cherrystone clams
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 2 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream


  • Tap clams; discard any that do not close. Place clams and water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5-6 minutes or until clams open.
  • Remove meat from clams; chop meat and set aside. Strain liquid through a cheesecloth-lined colander; set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels. Saute onion in drippings until tender.
  • Return bacon to the pan; add clam meat and reserved liquid. Stir in the potatoes, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  • Combine flour and milk until smooth; gradually stir into soup. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Gradually stir in cream; heat through (do not boil).
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 138 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 175mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 lean meat, 1/2 fat.

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  • Pete
    Feb 28, 2020

    Cooking chopped clams for 12 minutes?? My goodness they’ll become rubber!! This would be an ok basic chowder but add the clams for a few minutes at the end. Also cube the potatoes don’t chop into all different sizes so they cook at the same time.

  • tsuop
    Feb 16, 2020

    The ONLY change I made was cornstarch for the flour. Perfect!!

  • Derrell
    Oct 15, 2014

    This will also let you add ingredients if desired . For anyone watching calories , this would be great .