Best Clam Chowder Recipe
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Best Clam Chowder Recipe

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I serve this cheesy chowder every Christmas or New Year's. Throughout the year, I substitute the potatoes and clams with broccoli and find that even the grandchildren enjoy the taste. —Joy Schuster Glentana, Montana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 4 cups cubed red potatoes
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 3 cans (6-1/2 ounces each) chopped clams, drained
  • 2/3 cup cubed process cheese (Velveeta)
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 170 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 502mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 9g protein .


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the first seven ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour and cold water until smooth. Stir into potato mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat. Add clams and cheese; cook and stir until cheese is melted. Stir in milk; heat through. Yield: 9 servings (about 2 quarts).
Originally published as Christmas Clam Chowder in Taste of Home December/January 2007, p40

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jetluvs2cook 161832
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2013

"was very good and easy to make!"

charnellrn 66628
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2010

"I love it!!!! Have made it multiple times for my family!"

sunshine_fortner 93909
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2010

"I discovered this recipe last year & we loved it we make it as often as we can now."

technogirl08 145635
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2010

"Too much pepper. Perhaps needs little to none. I think I would go for a more traditional recipe for clam chowder the next time."

fivecarfan 208403
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2008

"I have made this recipe 5 times since I found it in the Taste of Home Annual. Incredible. I've made it for my Mother and she loves it. The only thing I do different, is use 4 cans of clams. Great recipe. Thanks"

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