Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins
Ummm thick and Creamy!! This is a good one!! I don't care for clams so I divide this soup in half before I add the clams and I have an awesome potato soup for myself and my daughter and my happy hubby gets all the clam chowder.
- 1 (6 1/2 ounce) canchopped clams (you can add 2 cans if you really like clams)
- 1⁄4 lb bacon (diced)
- 2 cups bottled clam juice
- 4 large potatoes (diced)
- 1 cup diced celery
- 1⁄2 cup diced carrot
- 1 whole onion, chopped
- 1 quart half-and-half
- 1⁄4 teaspoon thyme
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or 2 tablespoons dried parsley
- Chop or dice all of your vegetables and set aside.
- Drain clams, save the liquid.
- (I usually throw in the extra clam juice for the added flavor, you will get about 1/2 cup of juice from the can of clams).
- (I start the bacon and the vegetables all in the pan that I will finish the soup in- then you get the flavor from the bacon crustys on the bottom).
- Fry bacon bits and set aside.
- Drain off all bacon fat but enough to coat the bottom of the pan.
- Saute potato, onion, celery and carrot in bacon drippings for 5 minutes.
- Add the clam juice, salt and pepper, thyme and chopped parsley.
- Cook for 20 minutes or until the veggys are all fork tender.
- Add the 1/2 and 1/2.
- Add the Bacon.
- (This is where I divide the soup if you want a pot of potato soup as well).
- Add the clams.
- Thicken to desired consistency with cornstarch and water.
Very nice chowder for a very cold night... I used 2 cans of clams and a mixture of 2% organic milk and heavy cream... I used maple bacon and loved the slight sweet and smokey flavor it gave to the chowder. I would have rather thickened the chowder with a roux... didn't really like the cornstarch as the thickener, but I might try it with a roux next time. Even though I did add in 2 cans of clams, my BF and I thought it would be great with another 2 cans of baby clams. Great taste...and easy to throw together once you chop all the ingredients. Thanks for sharing!!!
Very nice. I added garlic, and a splash of white wine at the end. I think it will be even better the next day after the flavors have had a chance to develop. Thanks for a great dinner Pvt Amys Mom.
Mom, this may very well be my number one favorite recipe of all time. Oh, yum! Thank you!!