October 31, 2021

New England Clam Chowder Bread Bowls

I am going to say this out loud and proud, this clam chowder is one of the best clam chowders out there and one of the best parts, it’s lightened up with oat milk! It is also chunky, being made with fresh vegetables and canned chopped clams.

Making this soup is easier than you might think. It requires pantry staples, even when it comes to the clams. I prefer to use canned clams because it’s much easier, plus it’s great because it does not compromise the quality or taste. But, you can definitely use fresh clams if you prefer! Oh, and did I mention this is a 30 minute soup? You can easily have lunch, dinner or game day fuel on the table in less than an hour.

If you are looking to elevate your soup experience and you are carb obsessed like me, serve the soup in sourdough bread bowls. The combination of being able to tear, scoop or dunk the bread with the soup makes eating this that much more enjoyable.

Now, I will let you in on my secret on where I sourced the bread bowls: hello panera! I’ve found that grocery stores do not sell these in my area and I choose to not bake the bread myself. With that being said, I took a nice little drive over to the Panera drive thru and got 3 of them for $5! You’re welcome. No bread bowls though, no problem. The clam chowder is great on it’s own.

When it comes to the time of year, I would eat this all day everyday. Whether the sun is shining, it’s cloudy with a fall breeze or there is snow on the ground, this is perfect at any time of the year. As we settle more and more into the cold weather season, that just means more of this Pretty Plate Clam Chowder on repeat.

Did you make this? If so, make sure to tag and follow @prettyplatebymichelle on instagram or leave a comment below and let me know what you thought! I  love to see your Pretty Plate and hear from you!

New England Clam Chowder Bread Bowls

Get in loser, we're going to enjoy some carbs. Preferably sourdough bread that is made into a soup bowl. This New England Clam Chowder Bread Bowl is so good for the soul. It’s creamy, heartwarming and filled with luscious clams, vegetables & potatoes



  • 5 Thick cut bacon strips, cooked and chopped (for garnish)
  • 2 Celery stalks, diced
  • 2 Carrot sticks, diced
  • ½ Cup yellow onion, minced
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 Yellow gold potatoes medium sized, diced
  • 2 TBSP butter, melted
  • 1/4 Cup flour, sifted
  • 2 Bay leafs
  • 8 Oz. clam juice
  • ½ TBSP fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 Cups full fat oat milk
  • ¾ Cup half and half
  • 3 6.5 oz. cans chopped clams, juices drained
  • Fresh chives, chopped for garnish
  • Oyster crackers (optional)
  • Bread Bowl from Panera (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Dice your celery, carrots and potatoes. Mince your onion and garlic. Set all aside.
  2. Heat a dutch oven pot over medium heat, add your bacon slices and cook until crispy. About 7-10 minutes. When done, remove bacon and drain the fat. Set cooked bacon aside.
  3. Melt your butter in the same pot over medium heat. Add your celery, carrots, onions and garlic. Season with salt and pepper to your liking. Cook for 2-3 minutes until fragrant and tender.
  4. Sift in your flour and whisk to combine with butter and vegetables for about 1-2 minutes.
  5. Pour in your milk and clam juice . Stir to combine and bring to a boil to thicken. Once boiling, add your potatoes, fresh thyme and bay leaves. Lower your heat and bring to a simmer. Cook potatoes for about 10-15 minutes or until they are tender.
  6. Add in your half and half and drained chopped clams. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to your liking.
  7. Crumble your bacon and chop your chives. Sprinkle each serving with a little of each one and serve immediately. Garnish with a crab leg if desired.
  8. ENJOY!
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October 19, 2021
So delicious!