New England Clam Chowder

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 4


Plenty of vegetables make this New England Clam Chowder a hearty and colorful selection your whole family will enjoy.


  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 lb. (about 3 medium) potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1/4 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 2 cans (12 fl. oz. each) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cans (6.5 oz. each) chopped or minced clams, undrained
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


COOK bacon in medium saucepan until crisp; drain. Reserve 2 tablespoons bacon fat. Return reserved bacon fat to saucepan. Add potatoes, carrot, onion and celery. Cook, stirring frequently for 6 to 7 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

COMBINE evaporated milk and flour in small bowl until blended; add to potato mixture. Stir in clams with juice, salt, bacon, Worcestershire sauce and pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, stirring frequently, for 15 to 20 minutes or until creamy and slightly thick.

Our favorite

by A. Amber , United States on Dec. 2011

I have tried several recipes and this is by far our favorite. Always turns out great and everyone always wants more.

Delicious even with a Vegetarian twist!

by K. Karen , Vestal, NY on Feb. 2010

I was looking for a recipe for clam chowder that my 18 year old non-meat eating son and the rest of my family would enjoy. This is wonderful! I used a vegetarian bacon substitute and it still had great flavor and added just the right touch. Everyone was happy with this delicious chowder, even with "fake" bacon. My mom thought I had slaved in the kitchen all day when I brought her a bowl. She is one of the best and most discriminating cooks I know, so if a recipe can impress her, you know you have a winner!

Great use for left-over veggies!

by M. Michelle , CRANSTON, RI on Feb. 2010

I used more carrots and onions (my husband does not care for celery) and while the soup had more of an orange 'glow' than chowder usually has, it was delicious and tempted even my three-year old!

Excellent soup!

by N. NANCY , Yorba Linda, CA on Dec. 2008

This soup is so easy to make. The bacon really adds to the favor. Now I have a perfect, tasty soup for winter!

Easy as Pie

by E. Elaine , Eagle, ID on Nov. 2008

This was a great recipe for a yummy quick clam chowder. I will be using this one from now on. Even the 7 year old loved it!!

Good chowder

by L. Laura , GREENVILLE, SC on Feb. 2008

We enjoyed this. I added shrimp and the pepper must be freshly ground to have the best flavor.

New England Clam Chowder

by D. Denise , HEMET, CA on Jan. 2008

This is a very easy recipe. It is the best chowder I have ever tasted. Very rich and creamy. I always bought canned chowder because the recipes I had used were watery or separated. Your recipe is the best ever!!

New England Clam Chowder

by j. joette , NARRAGANSETT, RI on Jun. 2007

This recipe is excellant! I like the bacon flavor, I use to use salt pork, but I really like the bacon. Also I added extra clams and made a double batch. It's a good thing there were no leftovers. Served with clam cakes. Yummy

New England Clam Chowder

by c. colleen , brooklyn park, MN on May. 2007

Easy and quick and tastes great!


by L. Linda , Asher, OK on Mar. 2007

My mother served this recipe this winter and I loved it!!! I can't wait to make it for my family.