Dee's Pantry Clam Chowder

Dee Stillwell


I have made alot of clam chowder through the years. Some homemade and some by adding things to canned soup. The best canned clams in my opinion are Bumble Bee whole clams in the tall can (about 6oz) I have also tried every brand of canned clam chowder. I havd found Campbell's Chunky New England Style Clam Chowder to have the best flavor and texture. This is the way I love my clam chowder...with bacon, celery, potato, and extra clams. Plus a few other things to make it delicious. What starts as a good can of soup turns into a delicious bowl of soup when you get done with it. Enjoy!


★★★★★ 2 votes

6 - 8
15 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


  • 1/2 lb
    bacon, cut up in small pieces
  • 1 medium
    or 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 c
    celery, diced
  • 2 Tbsp
    all purpose flour
  • 1/2 c
    white wine, dry
  • 2 can(s)
    campbell's chunky new england style clam chowder
  • 2 - 6 oz
    cans of bumble bee whole clams in tall can
  • 2 can(s)
    new potatoes, drained and diced
  • 1 soup can
    milk, 1/2 & 1/2 or evaporated milk, may need more if you like ur soup thinner.
  • 1 bottle
    clam juice
  • 1/2 tsp
    freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp
    garlic powder
  • ·
    add salt if you think it needs it when soup is finished simmering.

How to Make Dee's Pantry Clam Chowder


  1. Open cans and dice potatoes, set aside. Drain clams, reserving juice and set aside. Cut up onion & celery, set aside. Cut up bacon in small pieces.
  2. Brown bacon in a wide 4 qt sauce pot or Dutch oven. When bacon is crispy, remove from drippings with slotted spoon.
  3. Leave about 3 tbl drippings in pan and saute onions & celery until soft. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute. Add wine and stir to get flavor bits off bottom of pan. Cook 1 minute more. Add soup (rinse cans out with milk), milk, clam juice and spices. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently. reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Stir in potatoes and reserved clams. Simmer 2 more minutes. If soup is too thick add a little more milk etc. Serve by itself or with a salad & a nice crusty chewy sour dough bread. Yummy!

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About Dee's Pantry Clam Chowder

Course/Dish: Chowders Fish Soups
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American

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