If you’ve been craving a hearty bowl of soup this week, you’re in luck. Today, we are sharing this delicious recipe for Whole30 Clam Chowder from our Whole30 Forum Moderator, Shannon Canaday.

From Shannon: “This soup recipe has been in our family since 1951! It was a winter staple for us growing up and when I make and serve it to my family now it warms my heart to bring that bit of comfort from childhood into the present. This clam chowder is a hybrid of Manhattan Clam Chowder (which doesn’t normally have any sort of “cream”) and Boston Clam Chowder (which doesn’t generally have tomato). It’s also a one pot meal that comes together quickly and with little to no mess. I hope you love it as much as we do! Oh – and if in doubt, err on the side of “the more clams the better!”.

Whole30 Hybrid Clam Chowder

Recipe by Shannon Canaday
Photos by: Brian Kavanagh | The Sophisticated Caveman

Whole30 Clam Chowder
Photo Credit: Brian Kavanagh
Whole30 Clam Chowder

Hybrid Clam Chowder

4.43 from 7 votes


  • 5 slices bacon
  • 1 tbsp bacon drippings
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp arrowroot flour
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 large cans baby clams ,drained (reserve liquid)
  • 2 medium red potatoes ,chopped
  • 2-3 carrots ,chopped
  • 1 large can of either crushed tomato or diced tomato that has been blended
  • 2 cups milk of choice (see notes)


  • In your large soup pot, fry bacon until crispy and set aside. In drippings, saute onions and celery until tender. Add potato and carrots. Measure blended tomato and then add enough clam juice to make up three cups. Add arrowroot, salt and pepper to pot and stir to distribute. Add bacon and clams. Cook over low heat until heated through.
  • Close to serving, add milk of choice or can omit if desired. I've used almond & coconut as well as nothing – all to great success. If using no milk, add extra clam juice to thin if it's too thick.


Freezes beautifully, just don’t add the milk until you defrost it to serve. I rarely actually measure the veggies – it’s a suggestion – and if a person wants it clammier (is that a word?!), use another can! It’s very forgiving!
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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Shannon Canaday

Whole30 Forum and Facebook Page Moderator

Shannon Canaday moderates the Whole30 forum and Facebook page. She lives in Chilliwack, British Columbia with her husband and her two boxers. Shannon comes to us from a 20-year career where she’s acted as an Account Manager for major national brands, a Customer Service Representative and an Administrative Manager. She enjoys a quiet life of cooking, reading, painting and as many sunny-day motorcycle rides as possible.