New England Clam Chowder

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New England Clam Chowder

There are almost as many ways to make clam chowder as there are cooks in New England. Here’s one that insists on salt pork for “true” flavor.

Total Time: 20
Yield: 6-8 servings


  • 1/4 pound salt pork, diced
  • 3 onions, peeled and chopped
  • 1-1/2 quarts clam stock and 2 cups water, or 2 cups bottled clam juice and 1-1/2 quarts water
  • 6 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 teaspoon chopped thyme
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 2 cups shucked clams, coarsely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Fry salt pork in soup kettle until crisp. Remove with slotted spoon and set aside. Saute onions in fat until tender. Add stock, water, potatoes, and thyme. Simmer, partially covered, 15 minutes or until potatoes are just tender. Add half-and-half, clams, and reserved salt pork. Heat slowly. Do not boil.

Additional Notes:

For Mussel Chowder: Substitute mussels for clams and proceed as directed above.

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