Preparation / Directions:
Cook bacon in large saucepan until crisp and brown. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Crumble bacon. Saute onion, carrot and celery in bacon drippings 5 minutes. Add flour and thyme and stir 2 minutes. Add clam juice and potatoes. Simmer until potato is tender and chowder is slightly thickened, about 15 minutes. Add cream and clams. Simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle chowder into bowls. Sprinkle with crumbled bacon and chives if desired.
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes Makes: 4 servings Clam chowder is a great main course soup for cool evenings. This one is beautifully balanced, with just the right amount of clams, cream and smoky bacon. Serve it with a simple salad and oyster crackers or crusty bread.