Creamy Clam Chowder is easy to make and oh so cozy! This homemade version is unbelievably creamy, flavorful, and chockfull of everything you would expect in a cream based chowder! Grab your fuzzy socks, and hunker down, this is a chowder worth staying in for.
Have you ever watched the movie Sound of Music? I grew up listening to Julie Andrews sing to the children she was a governess for, and loving every moment of it. In one of the songs she sings in the movie, they talk about their favorite things, for example, brown paper packages tied up with string. Well, if I was to write that song, I would include a big cozy bowl of chowder.
I hate cold weather, but love cold weather foods. I love a steaming bowl of soup or chowder, a blanket, some cozy music, and a fire. I just do. Can’t help it. It gets me every time.
When setting this ambience for my Creamy Clam Chowder, I enjoy the detail of these Mikasa soup bowls. I like them because the handles are non-heating.
A good bowl of Creamy Clam Chowder is one of those things in life you just need. There is no disputing the comfort associated with a hot bowl of chowder inside, when the weather turns cold out.
As a kid, I hated clam chowder. I couldn’t get past the chewy, slimy, yucky texture of clams. As an adult I realize the clams add flavor, and this creamy, delicious soup is not to be missed.
Because I was never a fan of clam chowder, it took me years to realize how amazing it can really be. It took a trip to Maine, where chowder is an art form before I could appreciate the delicate subtleties of the creamy base, and hearty potatoes, herbs, spices, and of course…the clams.
Lucky for me, my in-laws have a great clam chowder recipe. They got it from a friend and have added a little here and there to make it exactly how they want it. It is a hearty chowder, with plenty of potatoes and celery and onions to help me feel full, and a great flavor base.
One of the things I love about this recipe is it is not one that is super “clam-y” but instead the clams add a subtle flavor that pairs beautifully with the cream. But there is not so much cream that you feel heavy and yucky after eating a bowl.
Another thing I really love about this Creamy Clam Chowder is it is very easy to customize. Want carrots? Add them in. Want to go light on the potatoes? Leave some out.
Try some of my other creamy soups here:
- Creamy Chicken Orzo Soup
- Homemade Creamy And Cheesy Broccoli Soup Recipe
- Creamy Tomato Basil Tortellini Soup
Creamy Clam Chowder
- 5 cups diced potatoes
- 1 cup diced celery
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 4 cans minced clams
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 pint heavy cream
- 1 pint milk
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- salt and pepper to taste
- water as needed
- Combine vegetables with the liquid from the clams cans in a large pot, add water to cover vegetables fully.
- Cook over medium heat until vegetables are fork tender.
- In another pan, melt butter, slowly add flour, cream, and milk, stirring well
- Combine the milk mixture with the vegetable mixture, add clams, salt, sugar, and salt and pepper.
- Mix it all together.
- Taste, season as desired.
- Let simmer 15-20 minutes. serve warm.
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