Jasper's New England Clam Chowder

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

Jasper White is famous for Chowders. He has published a cookbook of just chowders. This is the pot of chowder served at our house our way, mostly on cold winter nights. It has none of the glue of flour, so is quite good for gluten-intolerant folks.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat 4 to 6 quartsized soup pot, over low heat.
  2. Add diced bacon, rendering fat, cook til crisp, with slotted spoon, remove bacon and set aside.
  3. Add butter to the bacon drippings in the soup pot, then add diced onions, garlic, celery, thyme and bay leaves. Saute, stirring occasionally with wooden spoon, until onions are softened, not brown, about 10 minutes.
  4. Drain the canned clams, saving the liquid into the soup pot. Set the clams aside with the crisp bacon.
  5. Add the diced potatoes and bottled clam juice to the soup pot. Total broth should just barely cover the potatoes, if it does not, add a little water. Cover and cook vigoriously about 10 minutes.
  6. Mash cooked potatoes with a spoon against side of pot to thicken chowder.
  7. Cook 1 to 2 minutes more,uncovered, to release the starch from the potatoes, which causes the chowder to thicken nicely.
  8. Remove from heat. Add clams, bacon, and cream.
  9. Season and add Parsley. Serve immediately.
Most Helpful

Really great clam chowder. It's not super thick, but it's got loads of flavor. I made this just as it is written, but added 2 more cans of clams - just my personal preference. I had fresh parsley so I opted for that over the dried. This reheats very well. Thanx!

*Parsley* July 14, 2014

This is my new favorite Chowder recipe. I followed the recipe closely but had to refrain from the use of a couple items due to allergies but it was still the best I've ever cooked. Using the thick cut style bacon and that nifty starch release idea, instead of flour, this was truly a very busy chowder with every spoonful and amazingly flavorful.

outwalker71 January 18, 2012

I made two pots of this tonight. The first one I used your spices, the second one I used chipotle powder, allspice a little Worcestershire and thyme. Both were fantastic, I think this was the best chowder I have ever tasted in my life! I love that it wasn't thickened with flour or tons of heavy cream. I used a potato masher to mash up the potatoes a bit since I found the spoon to be tedious.

Elainia January 03, 2010