| | | | |

Whole 30 Clam Chowder

This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. For more information, please visit my disclosure page.

This Whole 30 Clam Chowder is a healthier version of everyone’s favorite New England Clam Chowder. The dairy and gluten have been removed, but all of the delicious flavors remain!

Check out The Ultimate List of Whole30 Recipes for more healthy and delicious recipes.

Two bowls of Clam Chowder topped with crumbled bacon.

Ingredients in this Whole30 Clam Chowder:

  • Bacon – it adds a huge boost of flavor to this soup, especially if you use a smoked version. Just make sure that your bacon is sugar and nitrate free.
  • Celery, carrots, yellow onion, and garlic are the base ingredients in most soups. They add nutrients and flavor.
  • Potatoes add texture and comfort to this soup. Could you imagine chowder without potatoes? Nope, me either.
  • Chicken Stock adds a richness and depth of flavor. Feel free to substitute bone broth or regular broth.
  • All-natural Clam Juice and canned Clams give this chowder it’s flavor and name.
  • Arrowroot starch is used as a thickener. See substitutions below.
  • Unsweetened CashewMilk or Califia Farms Unsweetened Almond Milk are used as the creamy base for this soup. See additional substitutions below.
  • White Pepper, Thyme and Bay Leaves round out the flavors without being overpowering.

***If you want to make a rich and creamy, non-Whole 30 version of this soup I am including the instructions for you in the recipe!!***

Looking down on a bowl of clam chowder topped with chopped bacon and green onions.

How to make Whole30 Clam Chowder:

Place the bacon on the bottom of a large Dutch oven or sauce pan. Cook over medium-high heat until crispy. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels.

Bacon slices in a large Dutch oven.

I realized after I took this picture, that I forgot to chop the bacon into smaller pieces!

Add the onions, carrots, and celery to the pan and cook until softened, 4 to 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Add the garlic, stir and cook for one minute.

Chopped onion, celery, and carrots cooking in oil in a large Dutch oven.

Sprinkle the arrowroot starch over the vegetables, stir to combine. {or substitute all-purpose flour}.

arrowroot added to the vegetable mixture.

Add the potatoes, clam juice, chicken stock, bay leaves, thyme, and white pepper. Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until the potatoes are fork tender.

stock, cut up potatoes, bay leaves and fresh thyme leaves added to the Dutch oven.

Remove the bay leaves, add the Cashewmilk** {or half & half} and clams. Stir and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes.

clams and cashewmilk added to the Dutch oven.

Serve immediately garnished with the chopped bacon and green onions.

Two bowls of clam chowder topped with chopped bacon and green onions with a bowl of green onions and a bowl of bacon in the background.

This Whole 30 Clam Chowder might not be as thick and creamy as the original, but it is loaded with clams and flavor!

Recipe Notes:

  • I cut my potatoes into large chunks so they would show up in the photos, but they did not cook!! They need to be diced closer to the size of the carrots in order to cook thoroughly.
  • If you would like large potato chunks in your soup, peel and boil your potatoes separately and add them at the end with the clams.
  • Do not remove the bacon grease from the pan, that is your cooking oil to sauté the vegetables.
  • If you do not have arrowroot starch, you can substitute tapioca starch.
  • Why white pepper? White pepper blends into the soup without adding black flecks. It is also spicier, so it has more flavor.
  • You can substitute canned coconut milk {shake thoroughly} for the cashewmilk if you would like. Yes, your soup will have a coconut flavor.
  • For a Lent compliant version: omit the bacon and sauté the vegetables in 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil.

Additional soup recipes:

***I have not tried this yet, but you could substitute Cashew Cream for the CashewMilk for a thicker, creamier soup***

Enjoy!!

This Whole 30 Clam Chowder is pure goodness in a bowl | cookingwithcurls.com

Whole 30 Clam Chowder

This Whole 30 Clam Chowder is a healthier version of everyone’s favorite New England Clam Chowder, without the gluten or dairy!
3.67 from 3 votes
Print Rate
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: clams, recipe, soup, whole 30, paleo
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 163kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

  • 6 slices whole 30 approved bacon
  • 2 stalks celery (diced)
  • 2 carrots (peeled and sliced)
  • 1 small yellow onion (diced)
  • 2 large cloves garlic (minced)
  • 3 small potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 8 ounce bottle all-natural clam juice
  • .5 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons arrowroot starch
  • 1.5 cups unsweetened Cashewmilk
  • 3 cans chopped clams (6.5 ounce each)
  • diced green onions or chives (to garnish)

Instructions

  • Place the bacon on the bottom of a large Dutch oven or sauce pan. Cook over medium-high heat until crispy. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels.
  • Add the onions, carrots, and celery to the pan and cook until softened, 4 to 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • Add the garlic, stir and cook for one minute.
  • Sprinkle the arrowroot starch {or all-purpose flour} over the vegetables, stir to combine.
  • Add the potatoes, clam juice, stock, bay leaves, thyme, and white pepper. Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until the potatoes are fork tender.
  • Remove the bay leaves, add the Cashewmilk** {or half & half} and clams. Stir and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes.
  • Serve immediately garnished with the chopped bacon and green onions.

Notes

  • I cut my potatoes into large chunks so they would show up in the photos, but they did not cook!! They need to be diced closer to the size of the carrots in order to cook thoroughly.
  • If you would like large potato chunks in your soup, peel and boil your potatoes separately and add them at the end with the clams.
  • Do not remove the bacon grease from the pan, that is your cooking oil to sauté the vegetables.
  • If you do not have arrowroot starch, you can substitute tapioca starch.
  • Why white pepper? White pepper blends into the soup without adding black flecks. It is also spicier, so it has more flavor.
  • You can substitute canned coconut milk {shake thoroughly} for the cashewmilk if you would like. Yes, your soup will have a coconut flavor.
  • For a Lent compliant version: omit the bacon and sauté the vegetables in 2 to 3 Tablespoons of olive oil.
  • This Clam Chowder can also be made with Half & Half if not following a Paleo or Whole 30 diet.
  • Substitute .33 cup of all-purpose flour for the arrowroot starch for non-Paleo or Whole 30.

Nutrition

Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 408mg | Potassium: 235mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3550IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Similar Posts

7 Comments

  1. I have so many friends doing Whole 30 right now but have been too intimidated to try it myself…however, after seeing how yummy this looks/sounds, I may have to reconsider 🙂

  2. You are an amazing cook! This looks absolutely delicious. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing at Project Inspire{d} – I am now going to go drool somewhere and hope your soup shows up.

  3. I love me some clam chowder girl and even though this is a healthier version, it looks and sounds awesome, I’ll be pinning to try in the near future! And thanks for adding the “non-healthy” substitutes, super helpful! Stopping by from Wine’d Down Wednesday link-up!

  4. I’m going to try this, but substituting cashews soaked in drinking water, drained, and ground with fresh water for the “cashewmilk”.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Recipe Rating