Slow Cooker Classic Clam Chowder


Prep Time 20 mins
Slow Cook Time 3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 50 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 427 kcal


  • ¾ pound Thick-cut bacon chopped
  • 32 oz. Vegetable broth
  • 1 10.6 oz. pkg Wholey® Cleaned Clam Meat
  • 3 Garlic cloves minced
  • 2 Medium celery ribs chopped
  • 2 Medium Yukon Gold potatoes peeled & chopped
  • 1 Small white onion chopped
  • 1 tsp Fresh thyme chopped, plus additional for optional garnish
  • 1 cup Half & half room temperature
  • 1 ½ Tbsp Cornstarch
  • ½ cup Sour cream room temperature
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt
  • ½ tsp Ground black pepper plus additional for optional garnish


  • In large skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until crisp, stirring occasionally; transfer to paper towel-lined plate and reserve bacon drippings.
  • In 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, stir broth, clam meat, garlic, celery, potatoes, onion, thyme, half the bacon and reserved bacon drippings; cover and cook on high 3 hours or low 6 hours or until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally.
  • In small bowl, whisk half and half, and cornstarch. Stir sour cream, salt, pepper and half and half mixture into slow cooker; cover and cook on high 30 minutes or low 1 hour or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Makes about 10 cups.
  • Serve chowder sprinkled with remaining bacon garnished with thyme and pepper, if desired.


Keyword Clams, Kid Friendly, One Dish Meal, Slow Cooker