15-Minute New England Clam Chowder
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Creamy, delicious, homemade New England Clam Chowder made in only 15 minutes. Better than from a can and almost as quick!
When I was a teenager my dad used to buy Campbell’s Chunky Clam Chowder just for me. There would always be several cans in the pantry for when I wanted to make my own lunch.
I’m not sure if I liked clams back then. Probably not. But I really really loved that Clam Chowder. I even ate it cold, straight from the can with a spoon sometimes. Shh…. don’t tell anyone that.
Today’s New England Clam Chowder is creamy and delicious thanks to the addition of milk and pieces of salty bacon.
I tend to not buy canned soups these days. Especially since I’ve been making all these SOUPin15 recipes and know just how quick and easy they are to make.
For this Clam Chowder, the clams come from a can because they’re already shucked and that saves a lot of time. The rest of the ingredients to make this soup are fresh, just like a real homemade one.
In particular, it’s the fresh aromatics used in the soup that give it such great flavor. Even when I am making these quick 15 minute soups, I never skimp on starting with an aromatic base. In this case it’s onions, celery, and garlic. Without those flavors in the background the soup would lack real homemade flavor.
If you like this New England Clam Chowder recipe I’m betting you also like this Manhattan Clam Chowder recipe. Just as easy but with a tomato base instead of a creamy one.
Here’s the 15 Minute New England Clam Chowder Recipe. See you in 15!
15-Minute Homemade Clam Chowder
The secret to all the amazing flavor in this soup is to start with fresh aromatics like onions, celery and garlic. You can absolutely start a soup with these ingredients and still be finished in 15 minutes. To make this soup quickly, first read through the recipe. As you read gather together all of the tools and ingredients that you will need so that everything is at your fingertips. But there is no need to prep any ingredients. All of the prep is found in the instructions section and is included in the 15 minute prep time. Yield 10 cups.
- 1 Tbsp. grape seed or vegetable oil
- 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
- 2 ribs of celery
- 1 small onion
- 3 medium potatoes
- 6 sliced pre-cooked bacon
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 1/4 tsp. dried thyme leaves
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 (8 oz.) bottles of clam juice.
- 1 cup low or no-sodium chicken broth
- 3 (6.5 oz.) can chopped clams
- 2 cups half and half
- Put a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add the oil. Cut the butter into pieces and add it to the oil. Finely chop the celery and add it to the pot. Increase heat to medium. Peel and chop the onion and add it to the pot. Stir.
- Use a fork to prick the potatoes in several places each. Put them on a microwave-safe plate and microwave on high power for 3 minutes. Flip and microwave until fork tender, 2-3 more minutes.
- Meanwhile, chop up the bacon and add it to the celery and onions. Mince the garlic and add it along with the pepper, thyme and salt. Stir. Sprinkle with the flour. Stir. Drizzle in one half of one of the bottles of clam juice. Stir well and then add the rest of the bottle. Repeat with the remaining to bottles, adding half a bottle at a time before stirring and continuing. Add the chicken broth. Increase heat to medium-high and bring up to a simmer while stirring often.
- When the potatoes are fork tender, wear oven mitts to protect your hands from the heat and chop them into 1/2 inch cubes. Add the potatoes to the soup. Add the cans of chopped clams, along with their juice, to the soup. Stir and allow to cook for a minute. Stir in the half and half and heat through before serving.