Contest-Winning New England Clam Chowder

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READY IN: 55mins
SERVES: 5
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • In a Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain and set aside.
  • Saute celery and onion in the drippings until tender.
  • Add garlic and cook 1 minute longer.
  • Stir in the potatoes, water, clam juice, bouillon, pepper, and thyme.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  • In a small bowl, combine flour and 1 cup half and half until smooth. Gradually stir into soup. Bring to a boil and cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Stir in clams and remaining half and half and heat through (do not boil). Crumble the reserved bacon and sprinkle over each serving.
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