After researching several recipes and coming up with what works best in our family, I’m finding that making Pacific Northwest Clam Chowder is not as intimidating as I thought. Making this savory chowder at home is perfect for those cooler weather nights when heading to your local chowder house just isn’t happening.
This Pacific Northwest Clam Chowder recipe serves about eight bowls of clam chowder. It takes roughly about an hour to make, so if you’re craving some at home, don’t think it takes hours to set on the stove. A quick family dinner that isn’t hard to make, but tastes great.
My only warning is don’t set the bacon by you after it is cooked, or cook extra for those grazing moments. Mmmm…bacon!
What food goes well with clam chowder?
Foods that go well with clam chowder are things like husky bread and/or a salad with light vinegarette dressing. Pacific Clam Chowder also goes beautifully inside of a bread bowl for a full meal.
Purchase some of my favorite cookware for clam chowder:
Pacific Northwest Clam Chowder Ingredients
- 5 bacon slices (, cut into 1/4-inch pieces)
- 1/4 cup salted butter
- 1 medium chopped onion
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 cups of milk
- Potatoes peeled and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
- 2 – 6 1/2- ounce cans minced clams with liquid
- salt and pepper to taste
How to make Pacific Northwest Clam Chowder
- Start by cutting some of the fat off of your five bacon slices. Cut bacon into about 1/4-inch pieces.
- In a large soup pot or dutch oven, cook over medium heat until bacon is crisp and golden brown.
- Remove bacon with a slotted spoon, and drain bacon on paper towels. Drain the bacon fat from your post.
- Set bacon aside.
- Reduce heat to low and add the butter. Stir until melted.
- Add onion and cook until translucent.
- Add flour, pepper, and salt – stir constantly until well blended.
- Gradually add milk – stir constantly until the sauce boils and thickens.
- Add potatoes – simmer until soft.
- Add back in bacon and clams with liquid.
- Let this simmer until well heated all the way through the chowder.
- Add any seasoning or salt and pepper to taste.
Serving Size: bowl
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 260
More Family Dinner Ideas
- Slow Cooker Buffalo Tater Tot Casserole
- Baked Ziti Slow Cooker Meal
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