Clam Chowder

I am a huge fan of chowders and I am constantly on the search for good clam chowder whenever Ryan and I dine out. Of all of the chowders that I have tried, I prefer those that are not to thick or heavy. Instead, I prefer my clam chowder a little thinner and lighter. This clam chowder recipe is just that and it is full of  flavor: clams, crispy bacon, fresh carrots and celery, sauteed onions, white wine and cream.

Clam Chowder Recipe

Serves 6 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 onion chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 carrot, diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 celery stalks, diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 russet potatoes, diced 1/2 inch pieces (about 2 cups)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 (6.5 ounce) cans of chopped clams, juice reserved (about 3 cups)



In a dutch oven or large pot, cook bacon until brown. Remove bacon and set aside, reserve 2 tablespoons of pan drippings.


In the same pot, cook onion and bay leaves, until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.


Add flour, cook two minutes. Add wine to deglaze the pan (Note: Be sure to scrape any good bits that have stuck to the bottom, its where the yummy flavor is!). Simmer for 2-3 minutes.


Add the carrots, celery, potatoes and reserved clam juice, bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are fork tender.


Add about 3 tablespoons of the hot broth to the cream slowly to temper it so that the cream won't clump when you add it to the broth.


Reduce the heat, slowly add the cream. Add the clams and bacon pieces. Simmer for 30-40 minutes. Serve.



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  • Reply
    February 13, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    hey des…. this is a fancied up version of the famed chowder cheese board….. you can’t fool me.

    • Reply
      February 15, 2009 at 11:56 pm

      Hey Champ…haha you got me! You know how much I LOVED the chowder cheese board. :)