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Quick Clam Chowder with Bacon, Tomatoes & Bell Peppers

Scott Phillips

Servings: four.


  • 2 oz. bacon (1 to 3 slices depending on thickness), cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 Tbs. all-purpose flour
  • 4 cans (6-1/2 oz. each) minced clams, clams and juice separated (about 1-1/2 cups minced clams and 2-1/4 cups juice)
  • 1 bottle (8 oz.) clam juice
  • 1 can (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, with their liquid
  • 3/4 lb. boiling potatoes (about 3 small potatoes), cut into medium dice
  • 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
  • 2 Tbs. minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 310
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 90
  • Fat (g): 10
  • Saturated Fat (g): 3
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 4
  • Cholesterol (mg): 55
  • Sodium (mg): 880
  • Carbohydrates (g): 34
  • Fiber (g): 2
  • Protein (g): 22


  • In a Dutch oven or a large saucepan, fry the bacon over medium heat until the fat renders and the bacon crisps, about 7 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a small bowl; set aside.
  • Add the onion and bell pepper to the bacon drippings; sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the flour and stir until lightly colored, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in the clam juice (from the cans and the bottle) and 1/2 cup water and then add the tomatoes, potatoes, and thyme.
  • Simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Add the clams and parsley, season to taste with salt and pepper; and bring to a simmer. Remove the pot from the heat, ladle the chowder into bowls, sprinkle with the reserved bacon, and serve.


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Reviews (3 reviews)

  • Anna_M | 10/09/2018

    I really like this recipe. I know it's a shortcut. It is not the best clam chowder ever. But it is so simple and quick to put together and the results are impressive for such little effort - bright flavors of seafood and vegetables in every spoonful. It stores well for a few days, so for me it is an important "meal prep" food - 4 nutritious healthy lunches to take to work.

  • Lg2834 | 01/27/2014

    Wasn't too fond of this. The red peppers didn't work well and overpowered the clams. The classic Manhattan and New England recipes on FC are much better.

  • melswiss | 01/30/2011

    This is a wonderful recipe. It is easy, fast and fabulous. I made it exactly as written and it great. It has become a family favorite.

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