Quick and Easy Clam Chowder Recipe
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Quick and Easy Clam Chowder Recipe

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Here's a quick chowder that's been in my family for over 30 years. I make a big pot to take to an annual party at work. It's always a hit. Served with crusty bread and a salad, it's the perfect meal for a chilly evening.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 6 bacon strips, diced
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of potato soup, undiluted
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 3 cans (6-1/2 ounces each) minced clams, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 268 calories, 20g fat (8g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 856mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein .


  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels; drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings.
  2. In the same skillet, saute onion in reserved drippings until tender. Stir in soup and milk. Add the clams, lemon juice, thyme, pepper and bacon; cook until heated through. Garnish with parsley. Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as Clam Chowder in Country Woman March/April 2002, p33

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Summy 40992
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2014

"I love carrots, so I added more cooked carrots to this recipe. And..I know, I's probably not "authentic New England clam chowder" but I like the smoke from smoked clams. Didn't have any, so added a bit of liquid smoke to the soup. Yum!"

tiger976 107552
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2011

"This is okay if your really in a hurry."

MaMaLaLa 34578
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2011

"Very tasty. I added celery (2 stalks) to the sauteed onions. They added a nice flavor and more veggies to the meal."

klmills 34577
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2010

"It is so quick and so easy, you don't even have to wait for the potatoes to cook, great to cook after a long day at work!"

Rayni 45986
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2008

"Mince clams in the food processor? What a great idea!"

lssrls 34440
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2008

"Took the advice of the lady who minces the clams in the food processor. I can now eat clam soup. Delicious and easy !!!!"

ecsoelberg 83595
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2008

"I loved this recipe! I made it with turkey bacon, and it still came out great! It's creamy, but doesn't have all the fat."

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