New England Clam Chowder

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 158.5
  • Total Fat: 4.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 28.7 mg
  • Sodium: 635.2 mg
  • Total Carbs: 18.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.4 g
  • Protein: 11.5 g

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Adapted from one I saw in Cooking Light. Adapted from one I saw in Cooking Light.
Number of Servings: 8


    4 (6 1/2 oz) cans chopped clams, undrained
    2 (8 oz) bottles clam juice
    4 bacon slices
    1 cup chopped onion
    1 cup chopped celery
    1 garlic clove, minced
    3 cups cubed red potato
    1 1/2 tsp chopped fresh thyme or 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
    1/4 tsp black pepper
    3 parsley sprigs
    1 bay leaf
    2 cups 1% milk
    1/4 cup all purpose flour
    1/2 cup half and half


Drain clams through a colander into a bowl, reserving liquid and clams. Combine clam liquid and clam juice.

Cook bacon in large pot until crisp. Remove bacon from pot, reserving 2 tsp dripping in pan. Crumble bacon and set aside. Add onion, celery, and garlic to pot and saute for 5 minutes or until tender. Add clam juice mixture, potato and next four ingredients (through bay leaf); bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Whisk together flour and milk until smooth. Add to pan. Stir in clams and half and half. Cook about 5 minutes. Remove bay leaf before serving.

Yields 8 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups chowder and 1 1/2 tsp bacon.)

Number of Servings: 8

Number of Servings: 8

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user LANC92.

Member Ratings For This Recipe

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    Very Good
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    very good. i used skim milk and no fat half-and-half to try and cut back on some fat and calories. still turned out fantastic. i also added mushrooms and more garlic, just because i love them. - 8/17/08

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    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    this soup was really really good. it was perfect for the cold snowy days we've been having lately! and surprisingly light on the calories. - 11/18/08

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    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I can't believe a cup has under 200 calories. It was sooo good! I will definitely make this again! - 9/25/08

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    Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I made a recipe VERY similar to this one and it turned out really good! It called for turkey bacon which helped to keep down the fat. - 2/17/08

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    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Excellent soup! Thanks for posting it. - 10/30/09