Homemade Clam Chowder

Homemade Clam Chowder

Today is Clam Chowder Day, and I’m putting together a pot full of homemade clam chowder for my family.  I have another recipe for clam chowder made from food storage items here on the Patty Cake’s Pantry website, but this time, I’m making it entirely from scratch.  Homemade Clam Chowder is delicious, and it’s surprisingly simple to prepare.  There’s really only minimal prep work necessary, and almost all of the ingredients are things that I keep on hand in my pantry and fridge. 

Homemade Clam ChowderThe process for making the clam chowder begins with cooking the bacon and chopping the vegetables.  The bacon is removed from the pan and butter is added along with the vegetables which are sauteed in butter.  Once the vegetables have softened, flour is added to the pot to create a roux.Homemade Clam Chowder

This is followed by the broth, bay leaves, and diced potatoes which is brought to a boil and then simmered until the potatoes are fully cooked.  At this point, the chowder is the wrong color and doesn’t look much like clam chowder, but once the cream is added, and the chopped bacon added back into the pot, it looks, and tastes, perfect.  Homemade Clam Chowder

We love this one, and we know you will, too.  It’s good served in a bowl, and it’s good served in a bread bowl.Homemade Clam Chowder

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Homemade Clam Chowder
Recipe type: Soup
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Serves: 6
This recipe makes a hearty and delicious clam chowder from scratch using pantry staples. This recipe tastes great, and it's easy to make. Cook's Note: To make this free of land animals, you can substitute either vegetable broth or clam juice for the chicken broth. If the soup is too thick for your tastes, add a little more liquid to the pot. (Milk is a good choice.) You can also thicken the soup by mixing some flour with milk and then adding it to the pot. Total cost of recipe is $7.36 or about $1.23 per serving.
  • 2 strips of bacon ($0.96)
  • 2 tablespoons butter ($0.16)
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour ($0.03)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped ($0.19)
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped ($0.20)
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken, or vegetable, broth ($1.58)
  • 2 bay leaves ($0.10)
  • 3 medium potatoes (peeled and cut into bite sized pieces) ($0.59)
  • 1 (8 ounce) container heavy whipping cream ($0.99)
  • 2 (6.5 ounce) cans chopped, or minced, clams ($2.56)
  1. Cook bacon in the bottom of a 6 quart pot.
  2. Remove bacon from pot and drain most of the bacon drippings from the pan.
  3. Add butter to pan along with onion and celery.
  4. Saute onion and celery until they begin to soften.
  5. Add flour to the pan and mix well to ensure that all pieces are coated.
  6. Add chicken broth to the pan and stir well, scraping all of the vegetables off of the bottom of the pan.
  7. Add bay leaves to the pan along with the diced potatoes.
  8. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low, simmer for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  9. Chop bacon into bite sized pieces and add to the soup pot.
  10. Add the two cans of clams to the pot along with the canning liquid.
  11. Add cream to the pan, and mix well to fully incorporate it.
  12. Bring to a boil again and allow to simmer for 5 more minutes.

 Homemade Clam Chowder--This recipe feeds six for only $7.36.

Nutrition Information is for a 1 1/2 cup serving of Homemade Clam Chowder

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 392
% Daily Value
Total Fat 27.3g
Saturated Fat 14.3g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 88mg
Sodium 982mg
Total Carbohydrates 25.3g
Dietary Fiber 3.2g
Sugars 2.1g
Protein 12g
Vitamin D 112%
Potassium 13%
Calcium 4%
Iron 8%

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