Uncle Gary's Manhattan Clam Chowder

Total Time
1hr 50mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

While working in Rhode Island,one of my co-workers husband introduced me to his version. It is awsome. Hope you enjoy as well as I did.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Peel, rinse and dice the potatoes.
  2. Start potatoes in water, bring to boil and set timer for 15 minutes.
  3. Drain and set aside.
  4. In soup kettle, add diced onion, celery and carrots, add the butter or vegetable oil and saute for about 10 minutes over medium heat.
  5. Add flour to thicken mixture.
  6. Fill kettle half way with water and 1/4 cup of Clam Base or 2 cans of Clam Broth and bring to a boil.
  7. Add the cup of Ragu, tomato sauce.
  8. Add the 2-6.5 oz. cans chopped clams along with the juices.
  9. Sprinkle salt, pepper, garlic powder and thyme over the chowder and add the potatoes.
  10. Simmer for 1 hour on lowest heat.
  11. ENJOY.
Most Helpful

I actually made this a while ago however was not able to submit the review. the directions for me were pretty simple. It doesn't matter what size the pot is. You just put in the amount of water you would if you were boiling potatoes. I boiled them too long (phone call) so added extra to compensate. For some reason I don't like Ragu so I used the homemade tomato sauce that I canned last year. I used clam broth, and left out the salt due to dietary restictions. I would definitely serve this to company. My husband is in love with it. Leanne

Chef at Heart July 11, 2007

Made this for lunch today. I would have liked more clams or clam flavor. I think the directions were a little vague for trying to make the recipe the first time. For example in Step 6...without knowing what size soup kettle you are referring to, it's impossible to know how much water to add. And at the very end, adding the spices. It would have helped to have some measurements, with a comment to add more or less to taste. I didn't know if I wanted to put in a pinch of thyme, or a teaspoon. I felt like I had to fiddle a lot to decide how much seasonings to add. I realize that seasings are very much a personal preference but I felt a little in the dark as to a starting point. All that said, we liked the soup, and know that I've made it once, I have some ideas of how to adjust the seasonings for our taste. Thanks for posting the recipe.

Ms*Bindy February 15, 2006