Manhattan-Style Clam Chowder Recipe

Manhattan-Style Clam Chowder Recipe
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Manhattan Style Chowder

Robert Rabine

Manhattan Style Chowder

A Manhattan-Style Clam Chowder is tomato-based and offers a somewhat lighter version than cream-based clam chowders. The bacon in this recipe adds a smoky and salty touch that pairs well with the tomatoes and clams.


  • 4 bacon slices, cut into ¼-inch batons
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, ¼-inch dice
  • 1 small carrot, ¼-inch dice
  • 2 celery stalks, ¼-inch dice
  • 3 gloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon thyme, crumbled
  • One 28 ½-ounces can whole plum tomatoes with juice, crushed by hand
  • Five 8-ounce bottles clam juice
  • 1 large russet potato, peeled and cut into ¼-inch dice
  • Three 6-ounce cans chopped clams, with juice
  • Black pepper, to taste


Fry bacon and bay leaf in heavy 6 quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat until just beginning to brown, about 7 minutes. Drain off most of the fat and add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Reduce the heat to low and add the onion, carrot, celery, garlic, and thyme and cook until the onion is tender,
stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.

Crush each tomato by hand into the vegetable mixture and add the juices from the can. Add the clam juice and diced potato to the pot. Simmer until the potato is tender, about 20  minutes. Add the clams with juices and heat through. Season your chowder to taste with pepper. Ladle into bowls and serve.

Manhattan-Style Clam Chowder Shopping Tip

Buy fresh herbs and spices to season your soup; fresh garlic, parsley, and thyme will enhance the flavor without being overpowering.

Manhattan-Style Clam Chowder Cooking Tip

Most soups are better the day after they are made. If possible refrigerate your soup overnight before serving.