New England Clam Chowder

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Clam chowder is one of my families favorite comfort foods (at least my husband and I).  I came up with this recipe when I was making Potato Bacon Soup and I realized I had a huge can of clams from Costco that I was dying to use.  So I was now making New England Clam Chowder instead.  Sorry I don’t have a ton of pictures on the process of this I need to learn to slow down and take more pics for the blog.  When you have two children it’s all about getting it on the table quick.

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So I started off with 4 medium/large sized potatoes.  I didn’t bother to peel them because I wanted the skins in but if you are not a fan of that then by all means peel them.  Then I chopped up 1 medium sized onion, 2 celery stalks, about 8 uncooked strips of bacon cut into little chunks.  I also like to add 2 cloves of garlic ran through the garlic press.

Clams

Now it’s time to add these yummy clams I got from Costco.  This is a bit much for this recipe but I hate clam chowder that has barely any clams in it and I wanted clams in every bite and lots of them so I added the entire can.  You want to make sure and add the clam juice as well because this is what clam chowder is all about, you want to make sure and cook all your veggies in this yummy broth.

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Here are the clams added.  YUM!!!!  Now you want to add your chicken stock and honestly I don’t really ever measure (I know bad me, sorry).  In this batch I took a heaping tablespoon of Chicken Bouillon Base.

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This is all I use and I swear by it.  It is the best bouillon to use for everything.  I get it at Costco.  It doesn’t have to be organic but that is what they had so why not.   It is also concentrated so you don’t have to use a ton of it.

So now add about 6 cups of water to your pot.  If 6 isn’t enough to cover all the ingredients in your pot then add a little more.

I let this simmer for a few hours till the potatoes are tender.  Once potatoes are tender then you can take a masher to the pot and lightly mash your veggies together to make it creamy.  Once you have done that I add about 3/4 cup of heavy cream while stirring.  You can use milk if you don’t have heavy cream on hand but I usually do.

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Now your ready to sit down and devour this yummy soup.  I ate so much of this that I couldn’t move from the kitchen table when done.  PERFECTION!

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