New England Clam Chowder

This authentic New England Clam Chowder recipe was recreated after a trip to Boston. Serve it in a bread bowl to make it extra comforting and hearty!

  • Author: Sharon Chen
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup, Main
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American


  • 67 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 1 pound red or yellow potatoes
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 1 (10-oz) can whole baby clam
  • 2 stalks of celery, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk, divided
  • 1 cup chicken bone broth, divided
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a medium saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crispy. Stir occasionally (about 10 minutes).
  2. While the bacon is cooking, make cream of celery soup. In a medium skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add 1/4 cup chopped onion and sauté until fragrant (3-5 minutes).
  3. Add celery into the skillet; stir and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle with flour and sauté with onion and celery for a minute or two.
  5. Whisk in 1/2 cup whole milk and 1/2 cup chicken broth. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5-8 minutes until it’s thickened.
  6. While the cream of celery soup is simmering, the bacon should be ready. Stir in the rest of the onion into the saucepan and cook until translucent.
  7. Add the juice from the clam and 1/2 cup chicken broth, followed by potatoes. Cover and cook over medium heat until potatoes are fork tender (about 15-20 minutes). Stir occasionally.
  8. While potatoes are cooking, check and complete the cream of celery soup.
  9. Once the potatoes are done, add clams, cream of celery soup, 1/2 cup milk, heavy cream and dill weed. Stir everything together consistently and cook the chowder over medium-low heat for another 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve.


  • I use Kettle & Fire Chicken Bone Broth for this recipe for some extra nutrients. You can use homemade chicken bone broth or regular chicken broth.
  • I would recommend serving this clam chowder in bread bowls. I used sourdough bread. To prepare, cut the top of the bread with a serrated knife, leaving as much of the bread behind. Tear away the inner bread with your fingers. Be sure never to break through the outside crust.
  • Don’t waste the top and the inner bread. Dip in the chowder and you will be licking your fingers. 🙂
  • Bread nutrition is not included in the nutrition facts.


Keywords: New England Clam Chowder