Recipe for New England Clam Chowder
6 slices thick-cut bacon, diced
1 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 6.5-oz. cans minced clams, including juice
1 small red onion, diced
2 large carrots, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
½ tsp. Old Bay seasoning
1 tsp. fresh thyme
2 tbsp. chickpea flour
½ cup clam juice
2 cups whole milk
½ cup heavy cream
Sea salt and black pepper
1. Heat a Dutch oven or a large soup pot over medium heat. Add bacon and cook, stirring occasionally, until the bacon becomes crispy; around 4 – 5 minutes.
Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and transfer to a plate lined with paper towels. Blot off excess grease and set aside.
2. Drain and discard all but 2 tablespoons of bacon grease from pot before adding onion, carrots, and garlic. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and sauté until soft; around 4 – 5 minutes.
Sprinkle with chickpea flour and cook for another minute, stirring frequently.
3. Add the clam juice, milk, and heavy cream, and whisk until combined. Add the potatoes, Old Bay seasoning, fresh thyme and 2/3 of the cooked bacon crumbles. Season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired, and stir to combine.
4. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a low boil, then immediately reduce heat to a medium-low. Cover and simmer until the potatoes are fork-tender; approximately 15 minutes.
5. Once the potatoes are cooked, add clams and stir to combine. Continue cooking for 2 – 3 minutes or until the clams are heated through. Taste and adjust seasonings, as desired.
6. Remove from heat and serve immediately topped with remaining bacon crumbles and fresh parsley, if desired.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Enjoy this favorite classic New England Clam Chowder!
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