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New England Clam Chowder is one of my favorite soups. It’s such a warm and comforting dish, but I get a little bummed with the amount of butter and cream that tends to go into a lot of versions. Today we have a cleaner version of the classic chowder that is still extra creamy and delicious that you can still feel good about! I also made this version vegan so that it can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone…. …well, except for the bacon ‘garnish’ I stuck in there because I couldn’t help myself.
The oyster crackers in this are also DELICIOUS, but not vegan because I use regular butter, but feel free to use a vegan butter! I ended up doubling the oyster cracker recipe part the last time I made this because I ended up eating all the buttery crackers before they could make it on top of the chowder, lol. Oh well. Enjoy! xx, Jenny


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Creamy Vegan Cauliflower Chowder

Serves 3 to 4

1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 large carrot, peeled and diced
1 celery rib, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 head cauliflower, outer leaves and stem removed and cut into bite sized florets
1 tablespoon minced thyme
1 teaspoon thinly sliced chives
1 quart vegetable stock, warmed
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup oyster crackers
2 teaspoons thinly sliced chives
1 teaspoon minced thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper

cooked bacon strips, optional garnish 

1. Pour oil into a large pot and place over medium heat.
2. Add onion, carrot and celery and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Add garlic, cauliflower and herbs and continue to sauté for an additional 3 to 4 minutes.
4. Add 3 cups of the stock to the pot and simmer for about 20 minutes or until cauliflower is tender. Season with salt and pepper.
5. Strain half the vegetables from the pot and set aside.
6. Pour remaining mixture into a blender and blend until smooth, adding remaining stock, as needed, until a thick consistency has been achieved.
7. Pour mixture back to the pot and stir in strained vegetables. Adjust seasonings. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes before removing from heat.
8. For seasoned oyster crackers: Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add oyster crackers and stir to coat in butter. Add remaining ingredients and continue to sauté for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and allow crackers to cool and dry.
9. To serve: Pour chowder into bowls and top with oyster crackers. Garnish with strips of bacon, if using. Serve.

  1. Porky Pig Not Specified Not Specified

    love the two fat pieces of bacon topping this vegan chowder lol

  2. Chavella Not Specified Not Specified

    Why is there bacon on a vegan dish?

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Cause we wanted to add it

    • Sara Hucakee Not Specified Not Specified

      exactly. The word Vegan is more than just plant based. Veganism is about animal welfare. That was like sharing a post about empowering women with a photo of a man beating and choking a woman. Total slap in the face.

  3. Nancy Neff Not Specified Not Specified

    Vegans do not eat bacon or butter! And I would be be reading the ingredients on the oyster cracker box!

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Yes. I’m aware. If you actually read the post itself, you’ll see that only the chowder portion is vegan. I specifically mention how the oyster crackers are not vegan.

      • Robyn Not Specified Not Specified

        Very disappointing that it’s called vegan but it really isn’t when you choose the garnishes that you used. Why not use a vegan garnish instead??

        • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

          I’m confused as to why this is disappointing? You can make the chowder and it’s 100% vegan. I’m not vegan at all, but enjoy a lot of vegan dishes. So i chose to create my recipe this way.

          • dan Not Specified Not Specified

            exactly. It’s her website. Bacon and cauliflower chowder goes so perfectly well together!!! YUM!

    • Terri Not Specified Not Specified

      If you read the ingredients it states that you can make the soup vegan or non vegan by adding bacon, butter and crackers! You can make it according to your preference. Either way,if you enjoy cauliflower, it sounds delicious☺

    • SP Not Specified Not Specified

      Are you familiar with the name of this blog?

  4. Giddy Gourmand Not Specified Not Specified

    Wow, perfect timing! I was hankering for some clam chowder as I haven’t had it in a bit. This looks great, definitely trying this!

  5. Arctic Char 18 Not Specified Not Specified

    I have to admit it was the best laugh I have had in days when I scrolled down to see the two large pieces of bacon on top of the soup. Keep up the good work

  6. Angela Not Specified Not Specified

    Between all the different dietary needs in this house, this looks like a meal with or without garnish that everyone will enjoy. Thanks!

  7. Shannon Marchetti Not Specified Not Specified

    butter thats not vegan

  8. Krista schaefer Not Specified Not Specified

    Its not vegan if there is butter in it!!!

  9. JJ Came Not Specified Not Specified

    What might the nutritional info be for this dish, without the bacon and crackers??

  10. Krista schaefer Not Specified Not Specified

    Ps. The title of the recipe is vegan cauliflower chowder, yet part of it is not. I still think its misconceiving. I would have just put a foot note that if oyster crackers are left out or left plain tgeyccan be used as part of the vegan dish

    • JE Not Specified Not Specified

      Krista, please just stop! This is a gorgeous recipe, and I’m making it this weekend! Thanks Jenny – you are my first-to-go-to site for deliciousness!

  11. Cecelia Not Specified Not Specified

    All you all need to grow up. Stop being mean. Follow the yummy recipe and leave out what does not work for you.

  12. Lisa Huff Not Specified Not Specified

    Such a great recipe, yum!

  13. JANE O'BRIEN Not Specified Not Specified

    Delicious, but I’m not a vegan, so I added crumbled bacon!

  14. Mae Revell Not Specified Not Specified

    Would you email me the recipe for the oyster crackers?

  15. Kitty Not Specified Not Specified

    Love it. Keeping vegan real!! Keep up the good work!! I’m trying the recipe sans bacon (I am the best vegan I can be-98%.. every bit helps and that’s the best I can do!! Just love this!

  16. Alfredo Garcia Not Specified Not Specified

    This looks absolutely incredible!

  17. C d Bennett Not Specified Not Specified

    Just absurd to place bacon and butter oyster crackers with vegan chowder. Disgusting

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Nah, it’s not at all. But the negative attitude is pretty absurd

      • Kathryn Not Specified Not Specified

        ^^^This is the best response yet! People need to grow up, let go, and READ THE POST. Jenny, your food is delicious. Your blog is gorgeous. Your sense of humor is to die for! Keep up the amazing work!

  18. Ray jones Not Specified Not Specified

    LMAO this is not even close to vegan.

  19. Melissa J Not Specified Not Specified

    Jenny, I am not vegan either. This looks delicious! I am glad I found this recipe. Keep sharing your recipes, it adds variety of more than one way to enjoy a hearty meal.

  20. Amanda Not Specified Not Specified

    Loving your responses to the snark :)

  21. YP Not Specified Not Specified

    The comments on this post are hilarious. Not sure why a strict vegan would read a website called spoon fork bacon anyway, if not just to be a troll. *shrugs*

    Keep at it Jenny! yum!
    I like chowders, this is a nice take on it!
    (I am lactose intolerant, and put bacon on whatever possible so this post is very special to me)

  22. Sarah Not Specified Not Specified

    Hi Jenny! I don’t have carrots or celery and it’s raining and I don’t want to leave my house. Can I do without? Or sub for something else?

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Hi Sarah! You can omit and add more onion + herbs. If you have another toot veg like parsnip or sweet potato, you can add that too. You may need to adjust the amount of liquid, but should still work fine! :)

  23. Candace Not Specified Not Specified

    As I’m cooking this now, nowhere does it say when to add the 1 T. of minced thyme or the 1 t. of thinly sliced chives, which is not the same as the 2 t. thinly sliced chives and 1 t. minced thyme for the oyster crackers – wha?? Should I just add them to the chowder when I put in the stock? Thanks ~

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Ah! Yes, recipe has been updated! I add the herbs with the cauliflower! Thanks for letting me know!

      • Candace Not Specified Not Specified

        Thanks for getting back to me, Jenny. I ended up adding the herbs to the chowder AFTER I used an immersion blender (without taking half of the veges out to put on the side) and the herbs were a nice sprinkled touch to the overall look. The crackers were delicious and we’ll do without the bacon next time. Good recipe!!

  24. Jamea Not Specified Not Specified

    Lmao, these replies are cracking me up! It’s a vegan chowder with non-vegan garnishes that can be left out/off. I haven’t come across this blog, but now it’s one of my favorites simply because of the replies. I never knew people took recipes so seriously! Keep up the good work. I’m loving the no butter for my midsection! Thanks!

  25. Abbie Sorrendino Not Specified Not Specified

    I’m a friend of Anne’s and love following your blog. I made this last night but added some crumbled bacon at the end. Delicious and love that there’s no dairy. Thanks for another great recipe!

  26. Donna Dutton Not Specified Not Specified

    This sounds fantastic and the comments are the funniest thing I’ve seen for some time! I’ve got to try it at the weekend. Just one thing… Would it be possible to include metric measures in your recipes please?

  27. Monica Lee Not Specified Not Specified

    Just finished a bowl with no crackers or bacon. Excellent. I added chopped yellow squash. Mine wasnt pretty white like the picture I guess because I used Organics vegetable broth which is pretty brown. Excellent dish. Will make again. Might even add a little sweet corn next time.

  28. Emily Hansen Not Specified Not Specified

    My family definitely loves anything soup, Jenny! So, I’m pretty sure they’ll love this dish as well. For those who don’t want bacon, you can replace it with shiitake mushrooms.

  29. Emily Hansen Not Specified Not Specified

    You’re welcome, Jenny! Glad you love it! :)

  30. Michelle Not Specified Not Specified

    Butter is not vegan so leaving the bacon out does not make this vegan… also, it’s pretty insensitive to throw bacon on a chowder that you have named a vegan chowder. smh…. I think it could have been presented in a way to accomodate vegans and non vegans by removing the vegan altogether and stating it can be made vegan by omitting butter and bacon.

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this a number of times, but only the chowder itself is vegan…that isn’t including the oyster cracker garnish and the bacon garnish. I don’t think it’s insensitive or misstating, the chowder itself is 100% vegan.

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