Somehow this recipe disappeared off the blog – thanks Erin for letting me know. I love that her seven year old has been begging her to make it!
It is so good that it definitely needs to be put back!
For years we hosted a New Year’s Eve Soup Party. This soup was always the first one gone. My family and friends love this soup. If you are a clam chowder fan you must try! I think the secret ingredient is the pepper bacon!
For some of my other favorite soups check out this post.
Here you go!!
- 8 slices pepper bacon diced
- 1/2 C butter
- 1/2 large onion chopped
- 1 C celery chopped
- 1/2 C flour
- 4 6oz. cans of chopped clams or 2 C fresh clams, shucked
- 3 large potatoes peeled and cubed
- 3 C whole milk
- 1/2 C half and half
- salt and pepper
In a large pot cook bacon until browned. Drain grease.
Add butter, onions and celery to pot and cook over medium heat until onions are softened and translucent.
Add flour, cook 3 minutes stirring constantly
Drain clams and reserve liquid.
Add enough water to clam liquid to measure 2 cups.
Add this liquid slowly to mixture in pot, stirring constantly.
Add potatoes and bring mixture to boil.
Reduce heat and simmer about 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
Add clams, milk, half and half.
Heat until thickened, be careful not to burn.
Add salt and pepper.
If soup thickens up to much you can add additional milk
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