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Ingredients for Chowder Recipe

  • Olive oil
  • Bacon
  • Mirepoix – onions, celery, carrots
  • Garlic
  • Flour – all purpose
  • Clam juice
  • Half & half
  • Chicken stock
  • Potatoes – russet
  • Bay scallops
  • Thyme – dried or fresh
  • Fresh parsley
  • Optional: sweet corn


  1. In a large dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add bacon and cook until crispy, about 5 minutes. Do not pour off any of the fat.
  2. Add onions, celery, carrots, garlic, thyme, and few pinches of salt. Cook the veggies until soft, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in flour and cook for about 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add stock and bring to a quick simmer. The mixture will also slightly thicken.
  4. Add potatoes, clam juice, and half and half. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring the mixture to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, partially covered, for 15-20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
  5. Stir in scallops and corn (optional). Cook until the scallops are tender, about 3-4 minutes. Taste the chowder for salt before adding the scallops.
  6. Stir in parsley before serving. Serve with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes = delicious!


  1. You can substitute equal parts of chicken or seafood stock for clam juice.
  2. I found bay scallops in the frozen seafood section of my grocery store. You can use frozen or thawed out/fresh scallops. The cooking time is around the same.
  3. Corn adds slight sweetness to the chowder. I highly recommend it!
Recipe courtesy of Little Broken