Thursday, May 28, 2020

Clam Chowder - super easy and yummy!

We were in the mood for soup and have been meaning to make this clam chowder for a while, but ya know, life gets in the way, so this week we finally just did it! and......Yum!
This was slightly sweet, and overall delicious soup which is so quick and easy to make. We used our Dutch oven to make it and it turned out quite marvelous indeed! We also just made some frozen Pillsbury biscuits to go with this and they went SO good together - would highly recommend. The one thing that you might want to add is some green onions to sprinkle on the top, that would really add to it, but it's not necessary!

Here's the original recipe that we modified:


4 slices bacon, diced - I would say do more if you can, this wasn't quite enough, but we used thin bacon
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme or a couple of sprigs of fresh (we used from our garden!)
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1.5 cups chicken stock
2 (6.5-ounce) cans chopped clams with juices
1 8 ounce clam juice bottle
2-3 bay leaves
4-5  medium sized golden potatoes, peeled and diced into cubes
1 cup half and half (we used 1/2 milk and 1/2 heavy cream)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


1. Heat a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate, leave the bacon fat in there.
2. Add butter to the Dutch oven. Add garlic and onion, and cook, stirring frequently, until onions have become translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in thyme until fragrant, about 1 minute.
3. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk, clam juice, chicken stock, bay leaves, and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes.
4. Add the potatoes.
5. Bring to a boil; cover with a lid and reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes
6. Stir in half and half and clams until heated through, about 1-2 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
7. Cook for another 10 minutes
8. Serve garnished with bacon and green onions if desired. 

What we liked:

It was absolutely delicious!

What we didn't like:

Nothing, it was great!

What Kaspian thought about it:

He actually loved it! All the children did. We almost didn't have any left overs!

Next time:

Green onions to garnish. 

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