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Creamy Clam Chowder Recipe

Creamy Clam Chowder Recipe

At our Pittsburgh competition, Lori Kimble's rich and satisfying chowder took top honors. She relates, "This family favorite is perhaps the easiest recipe for clam chowder that I have ever made. Served with sourdough bread, it's especially delicious."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min. YIELD:9 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of potato soup, undiluted
  • 3 cans (6-1/2 ounces each) minced clams
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 quart half-and-half cream

Directions

  • 1. In a large saucepan, saute the onion, carrots and celery in butter until tender. Stir in potato soup and two cans of undrained clams. Drain and discard juice from remaining can of clams; add clams to soup.
  • 2. Combine cornstarch and a 1 cup of cream until smooth; stir into soup. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Gradually stir in the remaining cream; heat through. Yield: 9 servings (about 2 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 339 calories, 27g fat (17g saturated fat), 100mg cholesterol, 568mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein

Reviews for Creamy Clam Chowder

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pjustice44
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2016

"This is the one alright. No need to look anymore. Now I need one for Manhattan Clam Chowder."

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Jane Steinmetz
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2015

"This is a fantastic recipe. So easy and delicious. My 10 year old daughter just asked me to make it again - she was craving it. Family loves it, and it's real hard to find something they all like."

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ktype
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2015

"This was really good. I added an extra can of clams and bacon!"

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JKayl
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2015

"Excellent recipe! My first attempt at making clam chowder and this was perfect -- easy, had great flavor and was just the creaminess I was looking for. After reading the other reviews, the only adjustments I made to the original recipe was adding 4-5 cloves of minced garlic and about 1 1/2 cups of frozen sweet corn. I had additional cooked potatoes ready to add, but the cream of potato soup had enough chunks for my liking so I didn't add any more. I had bacon bits for a topping and sourdough bread to eat with it. I took the soup to a Super Bowl party and got many compliments on it. Will definitely make this again!"

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Tracy V
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2014

"Best EASY Clam Chowder I've ever made, hands down! Super base recipe that I tweaked to my families preferences. I doubled the recipe and added 4-5 cloves of minced garlic, about 2 tsps. of black pepper, some frozen sweet corn and a few cups of cooked cubed potatoes. I topped off each bowl with some crispy bacon bits and served with garlic herb biscuits - even one of my kids who doesn't care for any kind of seafood, inhaled several bowls!! Perfect meal for a chilly evening that tastes like you've been slaving in the kitchen. Do try it, you won't regret it!!"

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Robby1
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2014

"My search for homemade Clam Chowder is over!!! This is a keeper and pretty close to the best we have had! We like black pepper in Clam Chowder and I added it to taste while soup was cooking."

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JGa2595176
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2014

"Husband had 3 bowls and licked the ladle. Think that says it all. ;) Loved the texture and creaminess, and had just the right amount of clams in every bite. Made me miss my summers on Cape Cod when i was a kid. A real keeper of a recipe!"

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sheari
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2013

"My 9 year old son chose this recipe after spending quite a bit of time looking. He was so excited to try the chowder "he chose". I have to say, WOW! It was amazing and very very easy. Thank you so much for this. It will frequent our dinner table often."

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krissyfish22
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2013

"This recipe was fantastic and very easy! I added a few extra baby yellow potatoes chopped and cooked, and also a little bit of pepper, thyme and sage for seasoning. Will absolutely make again."

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Peggy Kinsey
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2013

"Love this chowder. Very creamy"

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pldweddle
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2013

"I was looking for a tasty and easy clam chowder recipe to make for my senior center. I received rave reviews from every single person, some saying it was the best clam chowder they had ever had. Definitely a keeper!"

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sd20
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2012

"Wow! This is a wonderful chowder! My local grocery store sells fresh packages of carrots, onions and celery already chopped up which made this recipe even easier. Will be making this often. Thanks Taste of Home and Lori Kimble for a delicious and easy recipe. :)"

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joedebtrub1
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2011

"I did modify it a little..instead of the half and half..I use 1 can evaorated milk and the rest 2% milk."

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joedebtrub1
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2011

"This is the best homemade clamchowder that I have ever had.Don't tell my Grandpa that!! I even prefer this over Ivars. I make this chowder at least once a month. It makes enough for 2 meals for my husband and I. And yes the second day is always better."

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DAFMA
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

"This is the best tasting, easiest recipe to use. I always go for this recipe in cold weather. Hard to beat, I love this recipe. I keep it handy now."

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ladyofgwen
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2009

"Great recipe! I used a BIG can of clams (51 oz) that comes in a two-pack at Costco. Everyone loved it!"

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carmen martinez
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2007

"hi from california. loved your recipe. having it tonight. my family reminded me of this because its raining and it's so easy and delicious to make"

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