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Gluten Free Clam Chowder with Bacon

Gluten Free Clam Chowder with Bacon is the perfect way to warm up during the winter!

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Clam Chowder with Bacon

This recipe is truly a masterpiece, and it isn’t mine. Just gonna be straight up with that. It is my Dad and my stepmother’s recipe. They have worked diligently to create this (and eaten a lot of clam chowder in the process!). Years ago they started with a base recipe and changed out ingredients, one at a time, till they came up with the best recipe for clam chowder ever.

I did make one slight alteration to deglutenify (yes, that’s a word…a word I made up, but it works….if I keep using it I’m sure it will catch on!) and that is a simple switch of white flour for gluten free flour (I use GF Jules, you are welcome to use whatever you like, but I would not suggest using a bean based flour for this.).

Clam Chowder is not a want…it’s a need.

It really is a need. Clam Chowder with bacon is creamy, hearty, flavorful. It is perfect for a winter night (or in my case a night where it drops below 75).  As always, just a few quick recipe notes.

Recipe Notes

The Bacon: If you use a cut that has a pepper crust, you probably don’t need any salt or pepper. Make sure to taste before adding any.

Onions and Celery:  I hate chunks of onions and celery in my soup, so I always run it through my NutriBullet before dumping it in the pot. Just move fast because it will burn quickly. Have your broth ready to dump in.

Flour: As previously mentioned, I use Gf Jules, but King Arthur or even Trader Joe’s will work just fine. My only suggestion is to avoid bean based flours.

Chicken Broth: Chicken broth is one of those tricky ingredients where gluten likes to hide. Read the ingredient label, so you don’t have any surprises.

I hope you enjoy this clam chowder as much as I do!

What is your favorite soup for the winter season?

Gluten Free Clam Chowder with Bacon

Gluten Free Clam Chowder with Bacon
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  • 6 Slices Bacon
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 2 celery stalks, finely diced
  • 3 tablespoons gluten free all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups gluten free chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 (10-ounce) cans chopped clams in juice
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 1/2- inch cubes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  1. Chop Bacon into small pieces and fry till crispy in a large pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onion and celery and saute until softened, mixing often.
  3. Stir in the flour to distribute evenly.
  4. Add the stock, juice from 2 cans of chopped clams (reserve clams), cream, bay leaves, and potatoes and stir to combine.
  5. Bring to a boil, stirring consistently (the mixture will thicken), then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook 20 minutes, stirring often, until the potatoes are nice and tender.
  6. Add clams and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Cook until clams are just firm, another 2 minutes.

Yield: 4 servings
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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Nicole
    October 22, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Very good…very easy…we just added 4 tablespoons of butter and good amount of salt and pepper…delicious…thanks for sharing

    • Reply
      Amanda
      October 23, 2018 at 5:30 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I’ll have to try adding the extra butter…My hubby and I always disagree on salt and pepper, so I always add to taste!

  • Reply
    Amanda
    February 1, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    I’m so glad you liked it, it’s one of our favorites!

  • Reply
    Debbie Beck
    February 1, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Just made this, excellent!! Easy to make & tasty to eat. Thanks for posting this recipe.

  • Reply
    Erin
    December 26, 2016 at 12:59 am

    This looks incredible! I love bacon bits in my chowder and this would totally hit the spot on a cold day. Pinned it. Thanks for the idea.
    erin | sandsunandmessybuns.com

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    candy
    December 24, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    I haven’t made clam chowder in such a long time. Plus you added bacon and who doesn’t like bacon. Perfect for a winter day.

  • Reply
    Casey
    December 23, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Yum, this is such a comfort food for this time of year! I have never tried to make it myself…looks like I need to try!

  • Reply
    Clarissa
    December 22, 2016 at 11:44 am

    I am so happy I found this!! I LOVE clam chowder and my best friend is GF so this will be perfect for us to make together! <3

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

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      Amanda
      December 22, 2016 at 1:23 pm

      It is so easy and such a simple sub to make it gf. Enjoy!

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