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A small white soup bowl filled with clam chowder with a crusty piece of bread and spoon in it and another soup bowl and extra bread slices in the background.
Clam Chowder
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins

This DELICIOUS Clam Chowder with potatoes and vegetables is one of my favorite easy soup recipes to make during the cooler months. The clam chowder broth is thick and creamy like a Boston or New England clam chowder and it tastes like it came from a restaurant!

Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 337 kcal
Author: Lauren Allen
  • 4 6.5 ounce cans chopped clams
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes , peeled and diced (about 3 medium potatoes)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 3 ribs celery (about 1 cup), diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper , diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper , diced
  • 2 cloves garlic , finely minced
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  1. Drain the clams, adding the juice from the cans to a large stock pot. Set the clams aside.

  2. Add chicken broth and diced potatoes to the pot (the liquid should just barely cover the potatoes). Bring to a simmer, add the bay leaf, and cook until the potatoes are barely fork tender, about 5-6 minutes.

  3. While the potatoes cook, in a second pot, heat the butter and olive oil over medium heat until the butter is melted. Add the onions, celery, bell peppers and garlic and cook until tender, about 4-5 minutes.

  4. Stir in the flour and cook for 30 seconds. Gradually stir in the milk and half and half, whisking as you add them to break up any clumps of flour. Bring mixture to a simmer and cook until the thickened, about 5 minutes 

  5. Stir the creamy mixture into the potatoes. Stir in the salt, pepper, vinegar, and reserved clams. Cook for 5 more minutes.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Clam Chowder
Amount Per Serving
Calories 337 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 527mg 22%
Potassium 741mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 36g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 17.6%
Vitamin C 36.1%
Calcium 11.9%
Iron 9.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.