No-Cream Clam Chowder

No-Cream Clam Chowder Recipe
Photo: Jennifer Davick
We used just two slices of smoked bacon, which adds rich flavor without a lot of extra fat; corn and carrots provide fiber and nutrients. We substituted 2% milk for heavy cream--the starch from the potatoes makes the soup extra creamy.


Makes 4 servings (serving size: 2 cups)

Recipe from

Coastal Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 12 Minutes
Cook: 25 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 339
Caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
Fat 9 g
Satfat 4 g
Monofat 0.0 g
Polyfat 0.0 g
Protein 25 g
Carbohydrate 41 g
Fiber 4 g
Cholesterol 58 mg
Iron 0.0 mg
Sodium 503 mg
Calcium 0.0 mg


4 dozen clams in shells, scrubbed
2 slices smoked bacon, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 medium-size onion, chopped
1 celery rib, with leaves, chopped
1 (8-ounce) bottle clam juice
1 large ear fresh corn, kernels removed, or 1 cup frozen whole kernel corn
3/4 pound red potatoes, chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
3 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley


1. Bring 1 cup water to a boil in a large skillet. Add clams, cover, and steam 5 to 7 minutes or until shells open; discard any that do not. Drain clams, reserving cooking liquid. Pour cooking liquid through a fine wire-mesh sieve into a bowl, and set aside.

2. Cook bacon in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until crisp; drain on paper towels, reserving 2 teaspoons drippings in saucepan.

3. Sauté carrots, onion, and celery in hot drippings over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until tender. Add reserved clam cooking liquid, clam juice, and next 5 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, over medium heat 8 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

4. Meanwhile, shuck clams and coarsely chop the meat. Whisk together milk and flour in a small bowl; add to saucepan, and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. (Do not boil.) Add bacon and clams, and cook 1 to 2 minutes or just until heated through. Stir in parsley.

Jackie Mills, R.D.,

Coastal Living

February 2011
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