Super Easy New England Clam Chowder

We went to see family in NW Indiana and boy, after the weekend rain, it got chilly (and thank you for the light dusting of snow on Thanksgiving!) … Hubby and I had agreed that we should make this soup since the original recipe came from my sister in law and it had been awhile since we made it … a quick stop at Costco (and a couple hundred dollars less), we had the essentials to making this!

New England style is creamy … Manhattan is red and chunky. And if you’ve been reading for any length of time, you probably picked up that Hubby HATES chunky tomatoes in cooked dishes. For someone who is a big fan of food, he certainly can be picky at times 😉

Just for the record, I do not like clam chowder, normally. And this recipe, I mean, all the ingredients were pretty much processed and well, I’m trying to avoid that stuff … but, heck, its the holiday and we are with a large family … so why not!

Yes, it is a little indulgent and I would suggest you not make it every day. But please, whatever you do, give it at least ONE shot … I think you’ll be glad you did!

Here’s what you need:

1 pound of bacon, cooked and crumbled (save a lot of the bacon grease in the skillet)
2 medium onion, chopped
4 cans of baby clams
5 cans of diced potatoes, drained
3 cans of cream of celery soup
2 cups half and half
2 cups milk
2 tsps dry dill

Make life a little easier and give the bacon a quick whirl
in food processor to chop it up

Cook onion in the bacon grease until translucent and soft.  Add the juice from the clams (set clams aside) and the potatoes to the pan and cook til the taters are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

Add the balance of the ingredients, stir and let simmer 45 minutes or so until thick. Add the clams towards the end.

Dish up into some pretty bowls, top with a little more bacon bits if you have … ENJOY!

This makes a lot and was more than enough to feed 12 of use with about 3 servings leftover for my father in law. We put these in 3 containers and stuck them in the freezer for an easy, later meal.

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10 thoughts on “Super Easy New England Clam Chowder

  1. I'm not a fan of clams…but my husband LOVES clam chowder and always wants me to make it for him! This sounds so simple and I think he would love it! I'd love if you come link up over at Feed Me Friday!


  2. Hay, lady! You know, I have never had clam chowder! This looks like a good place to start. I think I would prefer the creamy, not tomatoey, version too.Thank you for coming by and linking up.


  3. Hey haven't seen you in a while… love the chowder and the bacon topping makes it extra special. Thanks for sharing it with us on foodie friday.


  4. Sounds divine. But 5 to 7 potatoes sounds like an awful lot. How many cans of potatoes did he use?Janis


  5. Hi Jan,We just love New England Clam Chowder and your recipe looks awesome! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back soon!Miz Helen


  6. He used 4 cans of the baby new potatoes, diced. It seems like a lot but it's not really, unless you are using those HUGE baking potatoes!


  7. That sounds tastey! A few thoughts: the canned potatoes are precooked from the cannery, so listing \”cook until potatoes are tender didn't make sense to me.\” I would also suggest substituting 2 cans cream style corn for the cr celery soup, which is an expensive item, and higher in salt than the corn would be. HTH


  8. THis looks and sounds so delishes!


  9. This looks absolutely amazing! I am doing this tonight! Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing!


  10. What a simple and wonderful way to make New England clam chowder. I'm a huge fan and will definitely keep this recipe in mind next time I get a hankering for it. Thanks for stopping by our Happy Holidays Link Party – be sure to join us again this week, beginning on Saturday at 7 pm ET.


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