Homemade Clam Chowder Soup

November 22, 2021

Looking for a creamy and delicious clam chowder recipe? Our easy clam chowder soup is a perfect choice for any dinner. Filled with potatoes, carrots, and of course clams for a delicious clam chowder taste.

Clam chowder is a special soup that's rich and creamy using milk or cream, has a salty broth, and uses bacon in the recipe. It can be served as an appetizer too. The best part is, the Clam Chowder soup is really simple to make. Even if you are new to cooking, your friends and family will be impressed when you make this recipe for them. Bon Appetit.

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Taste Score: %85
Difficulty Easy
Servings 2 people
Preparation 15 mins
Cooking 20 mins
Total 35 mins

Tips

  • You can equally replace cream with milk or half-half for a less creamy soup.
  • If you want your chowder to be thicker and creamier, add more potatoes and less liquid.
  • You can add small shrimp to recipe for extra flavor.
  • If you want to make your clam chowder soup a little spicy you can add a dash of cayenne pepper or chili flakes for a kick!
  • You can also add mixed vegetables to the clam chowder for a little bit of extra flavor and nutrients.
  • Clams are usually bought in their closed shells. To prepare them, put them into a large container and cover them with cold water just up to where they hinge together at one end. Soak for about two hours, then rinse the clams under cold running water. Repeat this process several times, rinsing them well and replacing the freshwater each time.
  • If you are using canned clams in clam chowder soup for your recipe, you don't have to cook them.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a large pot, add 3 cups of water and the clams. Cover and set over high heat. Cook for about 5 minutes.
  2. Remove the lid and stir the clams after 3-4 more minutes of cooking, or until the clams just open up.
  3. Remove the pot from the heat and discard any clams that have not opened. Strain the liquid through a coffee filter-lined mesh strainer, pressing down on the solids to extract as much juice as possible. Set aside the clam meat coarsely chopped in this step.
  4. In a large pot, fry the bacon until crisp. Remove the bacon from the pan while leaving about 1-2 Tablespoons of bacon fat in it.
  5. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onions and celery and cook for 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in the garlic, thyme, bay leaf, Creole seasoning, and flour and cook for about 1 minute or until the garlic is fragrant and the flour is light golden brown.
  6. Add the reserved clam juice, cream, and half-and-half to a mixing glass with ice cubes. Whisk continuously until combined. Put the potatoes in and then let it cook on low. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes.
  7. Add the clams and simmer for about two minutes, or until they're heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. If the chowder is too thick, add more half-and-half/clam juice or water gradually until you reach your desired consistency. Adjust the seasonings to suit your tastes.
  8. Garnish with chopped bacon and chives, and serve immediately with crusty bread or cornbread.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Clam Chowder Soup
Serves 2
Amount Per Serving
Calories600
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30 gr38.5%
Sodium 1050 mg45.7%
Protein 32.75 g65.5%
Cholesterol 110 mg36.7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

What is Clam Chowder?

Clam chowder is a type of soup made with milk or cream, clams, and vegetables like celery. It can also be cooked without the clam meat for vegetarians. It's traditionally served as an appetizer and packed full of nutrients such as Vitamin A (beta-carotene), vitamin C, calcium, and iron.

Clam Chowder is a cream-based soup with potatoes and a few other ingredients like Bay leaf, celery, cream, and all other good stuff.

Clam Chowder is a style of soup that originated in New England. It's typically made with clams (usually chopped), potatoes, onions, and other vegetables like carrots or celery. Milk or cream is often used to give it its creamy texture while other vegetables or spices like thyme, garlic powder, and onion salt are added to give it flavor. Bacon bits (or chopped bacon) can be used as a topping for the chowder when serving.

What to Serve with Clam Chowder?

Clam chowder is all about its savory and creamy broth. So it's usually served with a side of bread or crackers. Some other ideas include clam chowder fries, clams in the shell (a clambake), rice, cornbread, etc. It also can be served with salad or vegetables.

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How To Store Clam Chowder?

Clam chowder is best served fresh, but it can be stored in the freezer for up to two months. To store clam chowder soup, transfer cooled leftover soup into containers and place in the fridge until needed. Then when you're ready to eat them again, just reheat them on the stovetop or microwave with a splash of milk (if desired) and enjoy.

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