Soup’s On! New England Clam Chowder

by Cate on November 12, 2007

I think it’s safe to say that Fall has definitely arrived here in the Northeast, and I’m loving it. The weather is cool and crisp, but not chilly enough that you’re rushing indoors to get warm. Perfect weather for soup – I love Soup Season, and this time, we’re celebrating it with a New England Clam Chowder. I like this version as I think it has a nice balance between thin, but not too thin, and thick, but not so much so. It’s hearty enough to make a meal of it, but without leaving you feeling overstuffed. I topped it with crumbled, crispy bacon and a bit of freshly grated cheese. Yum – good to the last spoonful.  

New England Clam Chowder
Recipe courtesy of Cate O’Malley

4 (6 1/2-ounce) cans chopped clams, undrained
2 (8-ounce) bottles clam juice
6 bacon slices
extra virgin olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
3-1/2 cups cubed red potato, skins on (that’s where all the vitamins are!)
3-4 medium carrots, diced in small pieces
1-1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme (don’t worry, dried works fine too)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 bay leaf
1 cup milk
1-1/2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
salt and pepper to taste

Drain clams through a colander into a bowl, reserving liquid and clams. Combine clam liquid and clam juice. Cook bacon in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan. Crumble bacon; set aside. Add 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil and saute onion, carrot and garlic in pan for 7-8 minutes or until tender. Add clam juice mixture, potato, and ingredients through bay leaf; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until potato is tender.

Combine milk, heavy cream and flour, stirring with a whisk until smooth; add to pan. Stir in clams and bacon, reserving a little bit for topping. Cook 5 minutes to heat clams through. Discard bay leaf. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with bacon.

Yield: 8 servings

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Claire November 12, 2007 at 4:12 am

Oh how much I wish it was for sure fall here! Our highs tomorrow are to be in the 80’s. Ugh! As much as I want to make soup, I just don’t think I can with it being that warm.


mdvelazquez November 12, 2007 at 1:50 pm

Yum! Soup is the only thing that helps me get through the cold weather months.


Erika W. November 13, 2007 at 3:27 am

Cate, I’ve had my eye out for a decent clam chowder recipe. There was one restaurant around here that made great chowder, but it recently went out of business. So I’ve been out of luck with chowder cravings. I may have to give this one a try.


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