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Mom's Clam Chowder Soup

My Mom's Clam Chowder Soup Recipe is the BEST ONE you'll ever eat. This New England Clam Chowder is creamy and full of clams and potatoes and delicious flavor.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 -6 servings
Calories 319kcal
Author Dorothy Kern


  • 2 cups 300g cubed red potatoes (about 7-8 baby potatoes)
  • 1 tablespoon 15ml olive oil
  • 1/4 cup 15g chopped green onions (about 2 onions)
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 4 tablespoons 57g unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup 31g all-purpose flour
  • 1 pint 473ml half and half
  • 4 cans 6.5 ounces each chopped clams (with juice)
  • 1 jar 8 ounces/236g clam juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil


  • Cube the red potatoes bite sized. You can peel them or not, your choice. Place them in your soup pot and cover with enough water to just cover the potatoes. Bring to a boil and cook until just fork tender. (Cooking time will depend on potato size.) Drain and set aside.
  • Open the canned clams and drain the juice into a measuring cup. Set the clams aside for the end of cooking.
  • Place the pot back on the stove over medium heat. Add the olive oil, then the green onions and garlic. Stir until fragrant, just under minute or so, then add butter and cook until the butter is melted. Stir in the flour and cook a minute or two.
  • Whisk in the half and half, making sure to fully mix in the flour mixture. Cook about 5 minutes or so, or until the mixture thickens, stirring often and whisking when necessary. Be sure to get all the bits off the bottom while you’re stirring so the flour mixture doesn’t stick.
  • Once the milk mixture has thickened, add the jar of clam juice and the reserved juice from the cans of clams. Stir to combine then cook until hot.
  • Once the soup is hot, add the potatoes and clams and cook no more than 5 minutes, or until clams are hot.
  • Serve immediately with crusty sourdough.



Serving: 1/6 recipe | Calories: 319kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 7477mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g