Makeover Mom's Clam Chowder Recipe
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Makeover Mom's Clam Chowder Recipe

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When we lived in Michigan, this was a perfect comforting soup when blustery winds blew into town. The steaming bowls of soup warmed up icy toes just right! The Taste of Home Test Kitchen came up with this lighter version. —Christine Schenher, San Clemente, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 3/4 cup each chopped onion, celery and carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 carton (32 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 bottle (8 ounces) clam juice
  • 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and cubed
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2% milk, divided
  • 4 cans (6-1/2 ounces each) minced clams, undrained
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 155 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 726mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 fat.


  1. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook the onion, celery, carrots and green pepper in butter until tender. Stir in the broth, clam juice, bouillon and seasonings. Add potato. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until potato is tender.
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour and 1 cup milk until smooth. Gradually stir into soup. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Stir in the clams, cream and remaining milk; heat through (do not boil). Discard bay leaf before serving. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).
Originally published as Makeover Mom's Clam Chowder in Light & Tasty December/January 2008, p8

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niferschmidt User ID: 567326 93850
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2011

"This is my oldest son's favorite soup. He requests it any time he gets to choose the menu."

pirkl67 User ID: 2139097 99567
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2010

"So rich and creamy never know it's not the full fat version. My two year old ate two bowls! My husband loved it too. Served it with a hot loaf of homeade bread and a salad with light lemony vinegarette."

catswoman User ID: 1021359 146409
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2008

"I thought this was fantastic. My family loved it and there are no arguments when I suggest it for supper."

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