Clam Chowder - the ultimate comfort food and treat. Rich, creamy and hearty with clams, heavy cream, potatoes, and crispy bacon.
What’s great about making it at home is that you control the creaminess, saltiness, and the amount of clams in the soup. Make it as thick as you want or add more clams. Feel free to use fresh clams but canned is easier, especially serving for a large family or crowd.
Serve in bread bowls, with slices of sourdough bread or oyster crackers.
Types of Clam Chowder
You may hear clam chowder called New England clam chowder or Manhattan clam chowder.
New England clam chowder ( also know as Boston clam chowder) has a creamy consistency from milk, heavy cream or combo of the two. Clams, bacon, potatoes and heavy cream makes this soup rich and hearty and almost always topped with oyster crackers.
Manhattan clam chowder does not contain any cream and very different due to its red color. The tomato-based chowder is thinner and includes more vegetables such as celery, carrots or green peppers. Manhattan clam chowder is more like a tomato stew than clam chowder.