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Try Our Fantastic New England Corn Chowder Recipe

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Try Our Fantastic New England Corn Chowder Recipe

If you need a meal to warm you up on a cold winter’s day, nothing hits the spot quite like a corn chowder soup. Creamy and full of crisp corn and other veggies, this is a hearty soup that is sure to provide all the comforts of home.

It may be the cold weather of New England that made this dish a favorite in that part of the country, but the people of the area took enough of a liking to it that they made their own recipe. Read on to find out more about corn chowder, New England corn chowder, New England clam chowder and how you can make your own yummy soup at home.

New England Corn Chowder

Corn chowder is a creamy soup that uses corn as its primary ingredient. Other ingredients include onion and celery, as well as the milk, cream or butter that gives it its creamy consistency. Often, potatoes, salt, pork, fish, seafood and chicken and a variety of vegetables are included as well. Crackers are typically crumbled into the soup to give it a thicker consistency.


The earliest recipe for corn chowder soup dates back to 1884. It was published in the Boston Cookbook introduced by Mary Lincoln of the Boston Cooking School. Soon after, other recipes started appearing in Boston cookbooks, so its popularity in that part of the country should come as no surprise.

In fact, the recipe was so popular that New England soon adapted it to make New England Clam Chowder. To make this type of soup, just use substitute corn with clams. This alternate recipe is a great representation of the rich maritime culture of the region.

Besides clam chowder, there were other variations of the corn chowder recipe that came out of the New England area. We have included a recipe for New England corn chowder here. It contains many of the ingredients you would expect from a corn chowder as well 8 oz of cheddar cheese.

Homemade Clam Chowder

Below is a great recipe for homemade New England corn chowder, but if you like seafood, you may also be curious to learn how to make clam chowder soup. Here is a recipe you can try.


4 slices bacon
1 ½ cups chopped onion
1 ½ cups water
4 cups potato peeled and cubed
1 ½ teaspoons salt
Ground black pepper to taste
3 cups half and half
3 tablespoons butter
2 (10 ounce cans minced clams


Placed diced bacon in large stock pot over medium high heat. Cook until almost crisp; add onions and cook 5 minutes. Stir in water and potatoes, season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and cook uncovered for 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Pour in half and half and add butter. Drain clams, reserving liquid, stir clams and ½ of clam liquid into soup. Cook 5 minutes or until heated through. Do not allow to boil.

This is a delicious soup made even all the more scrumptious with the addition of bacon. It is a dish your family is sure to love and one that will allow them to explore other regions of the country or world, without leaving the comfort of their own home.

Now you have two ways to enjoy a tasty chowder soup. These are variations that will provide a sense of warmth and comfort in the cold winter months, but it makes a filling, healthy dish just about any time of year. Serve it as a side to your meat dishes or on its own for a meal your family is sure to love.

Other Chowders to Try

These chowder recipes will surely get you addicted to chowder! There are a number of other great types of chowder out there to try. Many different recipes float around for each type of chowder, so make sure you consider each one carefully and pick the best option.

For another seafood option, haddock chowder is a great choice. This type of chowder is certainly less popular than clam, but it's just as delicious. It's also a great option for those who aren't big on clams. Haddock is readily available in many parts of the United States, so families should easily be able to enjoy this type of chowder.

Crawfish chowder is certainly a unique type of chowder to try! This one is great for when you're feeling bored with the dinners you've made lately, and you want to spice things up. Crawfish can be hard to come by depending on what part of the country you live in, so keep that in mind when you head to the store.

Non-seafood lovers will be happy to know that potato chowder is a must-try. There are many ways to customize this particular chowder dish, so you can let your imagination run wild! Try it relatively plain, or throw in the same toppings you'd use for a baked potato. Kids will definitely love this one, especially if they aren't big on seafood.

If you enjoyed this recipe, make sure to check out our Mashed Potatoes Recipe and our Dude Ranch Beans Recipe.

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Corn Chowder, Place Setting, Soup, Bowl, Chowder

New England Corn Chowder Recipe

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  • Author: Moms Who Think
  • Total Time: 25 Minutes
  • Yield: 8 Cups 1x


If you need a meal to warm you up on a cold winter’s day, nothing hits the spot quite like a corn chowder soup. Creamy and full of crisp corn and other veggies, this is a hearty soup that is sure to provide all the comforts of home.


  • 2 Tablespoons butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 ¼ lbs. potatoes, cooked, peeled, and diced
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 (14 3/4oz) cans creamy style corn
  • 8 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded, about 3 cups
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Melt the butter in a Dutch oven over low heat. Increase heat to medium, add onion and celery, and cook until tender, 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Add salt, pepper, paprika and stir with a wooden spoon. Add potatoes, milk, and corn and stir until soup is heated through.
  3. Remove Dutch oven from heat and stir in cheese until melted. If necessary, place soup over low heat and cook, stirring, until all cheese is melted. Do not boil.
  4. Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle with chopped parsley.
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Mintues
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Simmering
  • Cuisine: Northeastern
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