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Best Clam Chowder

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 (about 2 quarts)


  • 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


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

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  • Jonikaye
    Dec 3, 2017

    Excellent soup and east to make. Very flavorful. Due to personal preference, I reduce the pepper and add more clams. Haven’t made any other clam chowder since I found this recipe. Thank you, Joy

  • jetluvs2cook
    Jul 30, 2013

    was very good and easy to make!

  • charnellrn
    Mar 30, 2010

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

  • sunshine_fortner
    Jan 27, 2010

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

  • technogirl08
    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
    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