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Paleo Clam Chowder in a bowl - 24 Carrot Kitchen
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How To Make Awesome New England Clam Chowder!

 New England Clam Chowder that tastes amazingly authentic and is Whole30! Paleo, gluten-free, grain-free and dairy-free!

Course Soup, Soup/Stew
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 209 kcal
Author Christine Galvani


  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 small yellow onion (finely diced) (for low fodmap see notes)
  • 2 celery stalks (diced)
  • 2 tbsp tapioca starch or arrowroot flour
  • 2 cups organic potatoes, peeled and diced (approximately 2 medium potatoes)
  • 2 cups organic chicken broth (I use my homemade broth or can sub water)
  • 1 16 ounce container frozen raw clams
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt (to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup water


  1. Place the raw cashews in a bowl and cover completely with water and set aside for at least four hours.

  2. Drain and rinse cashews, place in a blender with 1/2 cup of water and blend for 1-2 minutes until very creamy.  Set aside.

  3. In a medium-sized soup pot, on medium-low temperature, add the olive oil, onions, celery and saute for 3-5 minutes until translucent and softened.  
    For low fodmap: add the olive oil and onions and cook for several minutes, remove the onions, then add the celery and cook them and continue on with directions.  (or just add dried chives)

  4. Add the dried chives and dried thyme and stir well.

  5. Add the arrowroot or tapioca and stir well.

  6. Add the potatoes, chicken broth (plus water), and the bay leaf and let simmer for about 15-20 minutes.

  7. Remove bay leaf from soup and add the cashew cream mixture and stir well.

  8. Add the clams and simmer for another 15 minutes until soup is hot and ready to serve.

  9. Add the freshly squeezed lemon juice.  Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.  Garnish with chopped bacon bits, parsley, chives, extra ground pepper.

Recipe Notes

*I prefer russet potatoes for this recipe.

*Low fodmap - slice onion, saute for a few minutes and remove and/or add the dried chives.

Nutrition Facts
How To Make Awesome New England Clam Chowder!
Amount Per Serving
Calories 209
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.