Slow Cooker Manhattan Chowder
4.41 from 5 votes

Slow Cooker Manhattan Clam Chowder Recipe

We all loved this slow cooker Manhattan clam chowder recipe when I made it recently. It's definitely one I'll be making again.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time7 hrs
Total Time7 hrs 30 mins
Servings: 6
Calories: 106
Author: Martha McKinnon | Simple Nourished Living


  • 2 cans (6-1/2 ounces each) chopped clams
  • 2 cups peeled waxy potatoes, such as red or yukon gold, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery with leaves
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 can (14-15 ounces) Italian-style stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1-1/2 cups spicy tomato or vegetable juice (I used spicy V-8)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (optional)
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked until crisp, drained and crumbled, for serving (optional)


  • Ideal slow cooker size: 3-1/2 to 4-Quart.
  • Drain the clam liquid into the crock pot. Cover the clams and refrigerate until needed.
  • Add the potatoes, onion, celery, green pepper, undrained tomatoes, tomato or vegetable juice, salt, thyme and bay leaf to the slow cooker and stir to combine.
  • Cover and cook on LOW 6 to 8 hours, or until the vegetables are tender.
  • Add the chopped clams and turn the slow cooker to HIGH. Cover and cook until the clams are heated, about 5 minutes. Discard the bay leaf and stir in fresh parsley if using.
  • Serve topped with crumbled bacon, if desired.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Estimates Per Serving (1 cup without bacon):
Weight Watchers Points Plus: *2
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *2
Nutrition Estimates Per Serving (1 cup with bacon):
142 calories, 3 g fat, 20 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 9 g protein
Weight Watchers Points Plus: *4
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *3
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Manhattan Clam Chowder Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cup without bacon)
Calories 106
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 3g12%
Protein 6g12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Lunch, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crock pot manhattan clam chowder, healthy clam chowder, low fat clam chowder