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Homemade Clam Chowder

Updated on September 23, 2010
Homemade clam chower, can't you just smell it?
Homemade clam chower, can't you just smell it?

New England Clam Chowder I


  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 4 cups peeled and cubed potatoes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 cups half and half
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 (10 ounce cans minced clams)


Step One - Place diced bacon in large stock pot over medium-high heat. Cook until almost crisp; add onions, and cook 5 minutes. Stir in water and potatoes, and season with salt & pepper. Bring to a boil, and cook uncovered for 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender.

Step Two - Pour in half-and-half, and add butter. Drain clams, reserving clam liquid; Stir clams and 1/2 of the clam liquid into the soup. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until heated through. Do no allow to boil.

* Note:  This recipe was found at -   it was rated 4 1/2 stars:)

I just made, my first pot of homemade clam chowder!

To tell you the truth I didn't think I could do it! I really thought it wouldn't turn out. I guess I have been so used to buying it in the restaurants and in the can, I never thought of trying to make it myself.

Well the other things is that I never had fresh clams, to even think about making it:) I can't take all the brother in law, pulled the recipe off the Internet. We made sure we had the spices we needed the night before, and yesterday he handed me the recipe and the fresh clams were in the fridge.

So reluctantly, I proceeded to make my first pot of homemade clam chowder. I have to admit, I drug my feet. Because first I fried up the bacon, made some salad, then some cheese and garlic bread. There was some leftover salmon in the fridge from the night before, so I thought maybe I could get away with not having to make the soup. Well time drug on, and they didn't get home when I thought, so I got out the pot, and put some water in it.

Slowly, I followed the instructions, still not sure if it was going to turn out. To my amazement it did! Do you believe it, it taste just as good or better than the restaurant. I was shocked and in awe, it was so good! The guys loved it, so I decided I had to share it with the hub-community:)

There are a couple of things I did different, from the recipe. First off, I used turkey bacon... and cooked it in a separate skillet, then I sauteed the onions in the same skillet. Added the bacon, seasoning, and potatoes then cooked until the potatoes were done, then added the onions and clams. Speaking of clams, they were fresh not canned, and the butter used, was Tillamook sweet cream unsalted know the good stuff:)  The salt used was sea salt, maybe 1/2 tsp, then added more to taste as I was cooking.  The Clams had already been shelled, and cleaned before adding them to the pot.  It was really nice having fresh clam chowder, where there was no sand or gritty stuff in it.

This pot of chowder made a good amount, I'd say 5...pretty good sized bowls.

Are you up to the challenge? Try it out, see what you think? Warning! you may be lavished upon for being such a good cook:) I am thankful to my brother in law, for challenging me to make it...he really didn't give me a choice:) My fear was conquered, and I will be making it again soon:)

P.S. I didn't top with croutons or cheese, feel free if you want to do so:) We did add, a little "Tapatio" to our chowder though:) For those who like a little spice out of life!

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(below is a video, on how to make fresh clam chowder...from start to finish if you'd like to view:)


Fresh Clam Chowder How To Video

Have you ever made clam chowder before?

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      heart4theword 5 years ago from hub

      Thelma Alberts, if you do get the time to make wi ll be surprised how good it is:)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Yummy! I love Chowder but I have not tried Clam chowder, yet. I´d love to try this sometime. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.

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      heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

      katherinethorell, I am sure you will love it:) Enjoy!

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      katherinethorell 6 years ago

      Thank you for this recipe! I love clam chowder but have never tried to make it. Now I think I'll give it a go :)

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      heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

      Lilsquirt, it is wonderful, like I mentioned I had never made homemade clam chowder with fresh nervous as I was, I was very pleased....and so was my family. Thanks for stopping by:)

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      Marge Reimann 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      My son will love this recipe. I am forwarding this to him right now. Thank you, sounds wonderful

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      heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

      Your welcome, I passed this recipe to a friend of mine too. Apparently she organizes, a Christmas Cookie Baking Team at her house, and for dinner she serves homemade clam chowder:) Sounds fun!

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      kims3003 7 years ago

      sounds wonderful - I am printing this and ging to make it this weekend. Thank you!

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      samiaali 7 years ago

      Clam Chowder is a favorite of mine! Great Hub!

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      Judicastro 7 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

      Yum heart!! It's a clam chowder day here today wish I had some fresh clams. Thanks for sharing!!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for such fabolous recipe

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      "Quill" 7 years ago

      Great hub Heart... so here is the dilemma, its 3:10 am and now I find the hunger pains starting again...

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Wbisbill 7 years ago from Tennessee USA

      I'm glad I found your recipe. I love clam chouder1

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      yenajeon 7 years ago from California

      YUM!! I'm totally bookmarking this right now!

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      William Kovacic 7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA


      I'm no cook, but I do eat. Sounds good and now I'm getting hungry. Thanks for sharing.

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      Karen Metz 7 years ago from Michigan

      As a tradition, starting in October, we do soups every weekend during the winter season. I am always looking for new recipes! My whole family loves clam chowder, but this has been one that we do not make very often because of the price of clams and because I have not had the nerve to try it. LOL It has always sounded hard to me. This recipe does not sound that hard! I am going to have to break down and try it. Maybe I will be able to find clams on sale or in bulk to help out with the price (I have 9 to feed!). Thanks for the recipe!

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      heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

      Great idea Lady:) Maybe need a few more special seasonings! I think with the bacon and potatoes, it would be good, maybe add a little corn too:)

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      bayoulady 7 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      Sounds good!I can't eat shellfish and some seafood, but I bet thie would be good with chicken. I could call it mock clam chowder.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Heart4theword, Sounds Quite Tasty! So appropiate for the change in the seasons as well... Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

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      heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

      It is good! colorman, hope you get time to try it out:) Especially if you love to cook, it was simple for the most part.

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      Thomas Miller 7 years ago from Harrisburg, PA

      I do a great deal of cooking and I love chowders. I have not tried this particular recipe but it sounds awfully good.


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