Manhattan Clam Chowder With Bacon

Manhattan Clam Chowder: Tender clams and hearty vegetables  in a flavorful tomato broth. Comforting and healthier than its New England counterpart. 


Manhattan Clam Chowder


This Manhattan Clam Chowder is full of rich flavors.



Unlike the cream based new england clam chowder this soup has a tomato broth.


Manhattan Clam Chowder


The soup itself is chock full of hearty vegetables, and delicate clams.


It reminds me of vegetable soup but with a gourmet twist.


Manhattan Clam Chowder

Manhattan Clam Chowder Recipe

Adapted via Brown Eyed Baker

Manhattan Clam Chowder With Bacon

Manhattan Clam Chowder: Tender clams and hearty vegetables in a flavorful tomato broth. This easy soup is comforting and healthier than its New England counterpart.


  • 4 Slices Thick Cut Bacon, Chopped into ~1/4 Inch Pieces
  • 1 Sweet Onion, Diced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, Diced
  • 1 Carrot, Diced
  • 1 Stalk Celery, Diced
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Teaspoon Oregano, Dried
  • ½ Cup Dry White Wine
  • 3 8-ounce Bottles Clam Juice
  • 5 6½-ounce Cans Chopped Clams, Drained Juice Reserved
  • Pounds Yukon Gold Potatoes, Peeled and Diced in ~1/4 Inch Pieces
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 28 Ounce Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Parsley, Roughly Chopped


  • In a large Dutch Oven, fry bacon until crispy (~7 minutes).
  • Add onion, pepper, carrot, and celery to bacon grease. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until softened. Add in garlic and oregano and cook for 1 more minute.
  • Pour in wine. Increase heat to high, bring to a boil. Continue until it reduces by about half (~2-3 minutes). Pour in clam juice, reserved clam juices, potatoes, and bay leaf.
  • Bring to boil, reduce to simmer. Simmer for ~8-10 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  • Pour in diced tomatoes, cook for ~5 more minutes.
  • Discard bayleaf. Remove from heat and stir in clams. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Garnish with parsley if desired.
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Manhattan Clam Chowder Shopping Tips:

  1. You can find Clam juice near the canned fish/tuna pouches at your grocery store.
  2. I like using Chicken of the Sea’s chopped clams in this recipe.

Manhattan Clam Chowder Trivia Tidbit:

This tomato based broth was originally made by Portuguese immigrants in Rhode Island.

Manhattan Clam Chowder

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