The Best Clam Chowder

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My late mother-in-law made the best clam chowder ever and I’m so happy that I have the recipe and can share it with you.

It’s not the healthiest soup because it has half and half in it, but it’s worth the calories.

The original recipe does not call for bacon, but occasionally I like to add bacon to it. Just adds a great flavor and crunch to the soup. I like to use the pre-cooked bacon and just chop it in to pieces and add it in when you add the vegetables and the clams.



The Best Clam Chowder
  • ¾ lb. minced clams (2-6½ oz cans). Drain the clams, but keep the juice.
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 2 cups finely diced, peeled potatoes
  • ¾ cup butter
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • a pinch of pepper
  • 1 qt. half and half cream
  • bacon, chopped (optional)
  1. In a large pot, add the vegetables and the juice from the clams.
  2. Add enough water to barely cover the vegetables.
  3. Cover and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
  4. In a small sauce pan, melt the butter, add the flour, stir and cook for a minute or two. Just long enough to get it warmed up, but don't boil.
  5. Add cream to the small sauce pan, cook and stir until smooth and thick.
  6. Add to the cream mixture to the undrained vegetables, add the clams and bacon(if desired) and heat through.
  7. Add the sugar and the pepper and stir.
  8. Serve immediately.




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  1. I love soup on cold days. I think day would be a good time for it. The bacon addition sounds great. I’m pretty sure my mom added bacon. I haven’t had clam chowder in years. Time to change that. Thanks for the recipe. Pinning.

  2. Looks good and perfect for this time of year. Makes me miss Boston! 🙂

  3. My daughter will love this recipe! Clam chowder in a bread bowl is one of her very favorite meals!

  4. That chowder does look amazing!

  5. This sounds great. A good substitute for half and half is coconut milk (you can sub it for cream too) if you are looking for a healthier alternative 🙂

  6. I love that you make your late mother-in-law’s soup recipe! What a great way to remember her and enjoy her cooking still 🙂


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  7. Clam chowder is a new love for me! This looks delicious!

  8. I haven’t made clam chowder in a couple of years. This recipe is making me miss it! Pinned and will hopefully be trying soon. Thanks for linking up to Wake Up Wednesdays!!

  9. I LOVE soup and chowder weather. I just wish my kids liked clams as much as Ian and I do. Looks terrific julie

  10. The hubs and I were just talking about clam chowder last night. I can’t wait to try your version!

  11. I like any and all kinds of chowder. This sounds great. Visited from Whimsy Wednesday.

  12. The weather just turned cooler so soups are on my lunch list now! Nothing better than curling up with a delicious cup of soup! Pinning for later!

  13. Clam chowder is my very favorite soup, and if you say this is the best, I’m making it!

  14. Your mil was very kind to share with you! Yum! Thanks for sharing at Foodtastic Friday! Top 15!!

  15. I have only had clam chowder once and it was pretty good, but for some reason the idea of fixing it at home scares me. lol. Maybe I will have to conquer my fear one of these days.

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