• Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Chowder bowls

Every time I visit San Francisco, CA. I go to pier 39 to enjoy a hot clam chowder bowl.  The warm soup and the sourdough bowl are both hearty and comforting.  Since we’ve been traveling to the other side of the country, I haven’t had one in a long time.  So, this is my version of that wonderful San Francisco bowl.


  • 2 slices thick cut, or 4 slices regular bacon
  • 3 (6.5 oz) cans chopped clams, do not drain
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and cut into ½ in. cubes
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups water, divided
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp. Chicken bouillon
  • 1 – 8 oz. bottle clam juice
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. thyme
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 small sour dough bowls
  • Chopped cilantro, and chives (optional garnish)


  1. On a paper towel lined microwave safe plate lay the bacon in a single layer, cover with paper towels, and cook for 5 minutes, or until the bacon is crisp. Crumble and set aside.
  2. Heat oil on med-high setting.  Add the chopped celery and onion and cook for about 2 minutes, or until the onions are translucent.  Add Garlic and cook an additional minute.
  3. Add the bottle of clam juice, 1 cup water, chicken bouillon, pepper, thyme, and potatoes.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and cook until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.
  4. To a medium size bowl, add the remaining water and flour and whisk until smooth.
  5. Once potatoes are tender, slowly add the flour/milk mixture and stir to combine.  Make sure you don’t boil just keep on a medium to low heat. Cook long enough for the broth to thicken, about 2 -3 minutes.
  6. Add the undrained clams and stir.  Cook for 2 minutes and stir in crumbled bacon.
  7. Cut the tops off the sourdough bowls* and scoop out some of the bread (don’t remove all the bread) to form a bowl.  Ladle soup into bread bowl, garnish with parsley, and or chives.


*Serve the top of the bread bowl with the soup bowl, it tastes delicious when dipped into the soup.

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