Easy Clam Chowder Recipe

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This recipe comes from an old college friend. Pair steaming bowlfuls with sourdough bread and a green salad. —Kristy Doty, Riverside, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, diced
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 3 cans (6-1/2 ounces each) minced clams
  • 3 cups diced unpeeled potatoes
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
  • 1-1/4 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 277 calories, 19g fat (10g saturated fat), 59mg cholesterol, 909mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 9g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings. In the drippings, saute onions until tender.
  2. Drain clams, reserving juice. Set clams aside. Add the potatoes, clam juice and broth to the onions. Cook over medium heat for 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Stir in the clams, soup, milk, cream, salt, pepper and bacon; heat through. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).
Originally published as Potato Clam Chowder in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2005, p134

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mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 87992
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2014

"This recipe was my first time at Clam Chowder. Wow, It is great. Not as difficult as I expected and fabulous. My only change was replacing the canned soup with 1 cup more of heavy cream. This is a FIVE STAR recipe."

susiebird1234 User ID: 5769958 139599
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2014

"Made as directed-delicious! Very easy to make. Will make again soon!"

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