Clam Chowder


Soup, Chili & Stew
Clam Chowder

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    This iconic Northeastern comfort food is, in our opinion, best served with a loaf of artisan bread or a hot, buttery biscuit. 

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 8
    15 raw clams (2 to 2-1/2 pounds), or 6 oz canned clams
    5 (8 oz each) bottles clam juice
    10 slice(s) Hy-Vee bacon, chopped
    ½ Vidalia onion, chopped
    4 tbsp. Hy-Vee unsalted butter
    1 c. Hy-Vee all-purpose flour
    5 medium Hy-Vee russet potatoes, peeled and diced
    ½ c. Hy-Vee skim milk
    ½ c. Hy-Vee half-and-half
    1 tsp. Hy-Vee salt
    Hy-Vee ground black pepper, to taste

    Things To Grab

    • Large stockpot with lid
    • Large saucepan
    • Large skillet


    1. If using raw clams, soak in fresh water for 20 minutes. Scrub shells. In a stockpot with lid, bring 1 cup water to boiling. Add clams and steam for 10 to 15 minutes, removing the clams as they open. Discard any that do not open. Remove clams from shells, chop and set aside; discard shells.

    2. Heat clam juice in a large saucepan on medium heat.

    3. Fry bacon in a large skillet until crispy. Remove and crumble bacon, reserving drippings. Add onions to skillet. Cook over medium heat until translucent. Add butter, bacon and flour to onions and cook, stirring continuously, for 5 minutes.

    4. Increase heat on clam juice to medium-high. Add onion mixture to saucepan while whisking continuously. Continue stirring to ensure no lumps form. Add clams and stir. Add potatoes, milk, half-and-half and salt.

    5. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 35 minutes, stirring frequently.

    6. Season to taste with black pepper.

    Nutrition facts


    290 Calories per serving
    1 cup

    Amounts Per Serving

    • Total Fat: 12g
    • Cholesterol: 45mg
    • Sodium: 950mg
    • Total Carbohydrates: 33g
    • Protein: 13g

    Daily Values

    Vitamin A 8%
    Vitamin C 35%
    Iron 15%
    Calcium 8%

    Recipe Source:

    Hy-Vee Seasons Back to School 2013.