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Hey All! So the weather in LA has been kind of funky lately. We keep getting a weird blend of chilly and warm weather. Seriously, one day I’m out in a spring dress with sandals trying to get a tan while I run errands and the next I’m bundled in a sweater, scarf and boots. It’s weird and kind of annoying. Plus, it’s making me get sick….or was it because I was up in Carmel this weekend, running around the beach in 50 degree weather without a jacket or close toed shoes…hmm…but I digress.

Anyway, I came back to chilly LA weather and now I have a stuffy nose, cough, blah blah blah… This really only means one thing….time for New England Clam Chowder. Yes! Not to mention, after having plenty of chowder up North the past few days, I’ve realized that I have yet to make even a single batch of one of my all time favorite soups/chowders this year! This is my favorite way to make clam chowder. I cut out the usual celery and added some leeks and corn…only because, well…I love leeks and corn, that’s all :). This is also quite a simple recipe…not very much fuss beyond cutting up some veg! Enjoy!
xx Jenny

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New England Clam Chowder
Serves 5 to 7

3 rashers bacon, chopped
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 medium sweet onion, diced
1 medium carrot, peeled and diced
1 leek, cleaned and (the white part only) thinly sliced
1 corn on the cob, kernels and milk removed from cob
1 ½ tablespoons fresh thyme, minced
2 cups new potatoes, diced
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
2 1/2 cups clam juice (or fish stock or vegetable broth)
2 ½ cups little neck clams
1 – 1 ½ cups milk
salt and pepper to taste
sourdough bread bowls

1. Place a large pot over medium heat and brown bacon, about 5 minutes. Drain all but 2 tablespoons grease and melt butter.
2. Add onion and carrot and sauté for 5 minutes. Add leek and corn and continue to sauté for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Once onions and leeks have sweat and are translucent, add thyme and potatoes and stir.
4. Sprinkle flour over vegetable mixture and stir well to create a thick roux (make sure all of the flour pockets have been stirred out), about 2 minutes. Continue to stir and cook for an additional minute to allow the “flour taste” to disappear.
5. While whisking, pour clam juice into the mixture in a steady stream until fully incorporated and no lumps remain. Lower the heat and allow the mixture to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until the mixture thickens (add ¼ to ½ more clam juice if the mixture becomes to thick while simmering)
6. Gently fold in clams and slowly stir in milk (begin with 1 cup and add extra ½ cup at end, if needed).
7. Allow mixture to simmer for 5 to 7 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender. Adjust seasonings and serve hot (in hollowed out sourdough bread bowls, if desired).

  1. David Not Specified Not Specified

    Looks delicious! Too bad it’s 70 degrees here now in Colorado. But I’m saving this page for the next time the temperature dips. Keep up the wonderful work!

  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks Not Specified Not Specified

    It looks so good and you have the best GIF files you upload…I love them!

    And also the best props (gorgeous blue dishes, love the matte finish) and of course, the photography. I drool over here with every post :)

  3. Ashley Not Specified Not Specified

    LOVING the blue color of the surface you shot on.

  4. Aaron from The Amused Bouche Blog Not Specified Not Specified

    Oooooooh yeeeeeahhh…

  5. Adrienne @ How to Ice a Cake Not Specified Not Specified

    I absolutely love your photo animations! How do you do them? This chowder looks amazing too and I don’t even eat meat :D

  6. tracy Not Specified Not Specified

    gimme gimme!

  7. Amy Not Specified Not Specified

    OMG this looks amazing (and colorful!). I’ve been looking for a good clam chowder recipe.

    PS: I love your food gifs!

  8. Genie Not Specified Not Specified

    I’m glad you posted this. “Make a chowder” is on my list of things to do this season. It’s autumn here and chowders are great for those shoulder seasons.

    Leeks and corn sound like lovely additions to the chowder.

    p.s. I love your food gifs too.

  9. Patti Not Specified Not Specified

    that looks amazing!! I love clam chowder & always try it wherever I go! I will definitely try this recipe. looks so yummy!

  10. Sonia Not Specified Not Specified

    Omigosh! That looks delicious! But really – what wonderful photography! Love it!!

  11. Sally - My Custard Pie Not Specified Not Specified

    The gif is such fun – it makes you want to do exactly that ….clear the bowl. Love the colours here.

  12. joey Not Specified Not Specified

    Fabulous photos as usual and LOVE the gif!! I would love a bowl of this right now…except it’s sweltering over here! Sigh…our “soup weather” usually means a monsoon!

  13. A Plum By Any Other Name Not Specified Not Specified

    We must be getting your warm weather … it was 70 on Monday and I’ve heard it’s supposed to hit 80 next week here in Boston (unofficial clam chowder capital of the world). I’m game for clams in any weather though.

  14. Caroline @ Between Your Ears Not Specified Not Specified

    Each of your posts is more beautiful than the one before!! Gorgeous!

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  17. Javelin Warrior Not Specified Not Specified

    Normally, I’d be all about that bread, but this chowder looks fantastic! It’s so creamy and a such gorgeous color… Anyway, I am featuring this post in today’s Friday Food Fetish roundup (with a link-back and attribution), but please let me know if you have any objections. It’s a pleasure following your creations…

  18. Jeff and Andrea Not Specified Not Specified

    We are making this tonight, just got two lbs of clams and a little rock shrimp to add…weather here in Pittsburgh has been the same weather…weird. Amazing website by the way, it was because of you guys that we got aboard the pancetta train back in Nov with the pumpkin risotto and scallops! THANKS!!!!

  19. Emily (New York, NY) Not Specified Not Specified

    Ohhh okay – this is awesome. I looove new england clam chowder! When I try this, my bowl may empty quicker than that!

  20. Lowongan Kerja Not Specified Not Specified

    Looks yummy

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  23. LizFH Not Specified Not Specified

    This is a good receipe but add some Worchester and hot sauce to give it more of a kick.

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  25. Liza Not Specified Not Specified

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I’m originally from Eastern Europe. Clam chowder is one of those dishes I never knew about before I came to the US, so I was trying to find a really good but simple recipe. It turned out wicked good!!

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  30. Meghann Not Specified Not Specified

    Yesterday it finally felt like cool fall weather here in Alabama so we made this. It was delicious! I loved all the extra veggies that were in it.

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  34. Kathleen Not Specified Not Specified

    Too bad none of the people (above) leaving comments about this recipe have tried it. Why leave a comment if you haven’t tried the soup…good question! I on the other hand, have tried the soup and found it to be easy to prepare as well as healthy and very tasty. I am new to this website, but have to say that after reading this recipes comments, I’m beginning to wonder about the seriousness of your readers.

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  41. sazkia Not Specified Not Specified

    very good

  42. Lowongan Kerja Terbaru Not Specified Not Specified

    very good

  43. wotapedia Not Specified Not Specified

    I love clam chowder, this very good. Tanks for your sharing

  44. adem Not Specified Not Specified

    thanks very much, I absolutely love your photo animations! How do you do them? This chowder looks amazing too and I don’t even eat meat :D

  45. GoMedii Not Specified Not Specified

    Thanks for sharing this photo animations

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