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Manhattan Clam Chowder

Manhattan Clam Chowder is quick and simple to make. It's loaded with clams in a tomato base. A the delicious meal when served with a fresh baguette.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy, low calorie, Manhattan Clam Chowder,
Servings: 16
Calories: 138kcal


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  • 8 quart kettle


  • 51 ounces diced clams in broth (see notes)
  • 1 quart clam juice (see notes)
  • 2 quarts diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano (4 -14.5 ounce cans)
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 cup fried bacon (½ lb uncooked)
  • 1 large onion finely diced
  • 2 lbs potatoes diced ½ inch pieces
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tbsp oregano


  • To adjust the portions, click on the number of serving, and a slider will pop up. Adjusting the slider up or down will automatically calculate the amount needed for each ingredient.
  • Add the clams, clam juice, tomatoes, tomato paste, and herb seasonings to an 8-quart kettle. Cook on medium heat.
    clam chowder ingredients
  • Dice and fry the bacon until crispy, add to the kettle. see notes
  • Saute the diced onions until translucent in 1 tsp. of the bacon fat or vegetable oil. Add to the kettle.
  • Add the potatoes and simmer for 30 minutes.
    Manhattan clam chowder
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    manhattan clam chowder


Bacon is optional if want to decrease calories. Unless you are married to a Farmer Fred - then bacon in never optional.  Bacon makes everything better according to Fred.
Purchase a 51 ounce can of clams here.   
Purchase a quart of clam juice here.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 491mg | Potassium: 686mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 436IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 4mg