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Clam Chowder in a bowl with bacon and herbs.

The Best Clam Chowder Recipe (Extra Easy)

This easy clam chowder recipe is creamy, savory, and packed with tender baby clams. Sourdough bread bowl not included, but highly encouraged!
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword clam chowder, clam chowder recipe, easy chowder recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 200kcal
Author Natalya Drozhzhin


  • 1/2 lb bacon
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1/2 bunch celery
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 1 qt chicken broth
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 3 medium potatoes
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 20 oz canned whole clams


  • Dice all the veggies into even-sized pieces.
    Veggies in several bowls.
  • Dice bacon into small pieces. In a soup pot or Dutch oven, brown the bacon until it turns crispy. Remove it from the pot and set it aside. Leave the drippings in the pan.
    Bacon in a pot cooking.
  • Add the diced onions into the pot with the bacon drippings and cook them until they soften. Next, add the carrots, celery, and green onions and cook everything together for a few minutes.
    Veggies in a pot cooking.
  • Add chicken broth to the pot, followed by the cream cheese and heavy whipping cream.
    Cream cheese added to liquids in a pot.
  • Add the diced potatoes into the soup and 1-2 quarts of boiling water, depending on the consistency and thickness you prefer. Season the soup with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Drain the canned clams of their juices and add them to the soup. Simmer for 20-30 minutes.
    Chowder ingredients are all in a pot.
  • Top each bowl of soup with crispy bacon and enjoy!
    Chowder in a pot with green onion and bacon.


Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 853mg | Potassium: 147mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2175IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg