New England Clam Chowder

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New England Clam Chowder

New England Clam Chowder

Chopped clams, aromatic vegetables and creamy potatoes blended with low-fat milk and just a half cup of cream gives this chunky New England-style clam chowder plenty of rich body. Serve with oyster crackers and a tossed salad to make it a meal.

Nutrition Profile: High Calcium   Low Calorie   Low Carb   Low Cholesterol  

Serves 6

Prep Time 45 min

Total Time 45 min.


  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 medium red potato, diced
  • 1 8-ounce bo clam juice, (see Makeover Tip)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cups low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces fresh clam strips, (see Shopping Tip), chopped, or 3 6-ounce cans chopped baby clams, rinsed
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add bacon and cook until crispy, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer half of the cooked bacon to a paper towel-lined plate with a slotted spoon. Add onion, celery and thyme to the pan; cook, stirring, until beginning to soften, about 2 minutes. Add potato, clam juice and bay leaf. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook until the vegetables are just tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

Step 2

Whisk milk, cream, flour and salt in a medium bowl. Add to the pan and return to a simmer, stirring, over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring, until thickened, about 2 minutes. Add clams and cook, stirring occasionally, until the clams are just cooked through, about 3 minutes more.

Step 3

To serve, discard bay leaf. Ladle into bowls and top each serving with some of the reserved bacon and scallions.