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Creamy Clam Chowder

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.


9 servings (about 2 quarts)

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."


  • 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


  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.

Nutrition Facts

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

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  • Newrecipejumkie2
    Jun 4, 2020

    It’s me again. I made the full recipe tonight and this time tried sautéing the celery first before adding the onion and then the celery started browning before the onion was tender. Sigh! Oh well, it was as delicious as the first time. I did add a fourth can of clams, draining only the last can. I have finally ended my search for a great clam chowder recipe!

  • yuro5525
    Sep 29, 2019

    I made this soup last night and my 1 daughter begged for the recipe! I am making it again next Saturdy for my grand-daughter whose favorite soup is clam chowder. Served with warm sourdough bread.

  • CarrieBerry4Chad
    Sep 5, 2019

    When I am craving creamy clam chowder, this is my go to!

  • pjustice44
    Jan 29, 2016

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

  • Jane Steinmetz
    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.

  • ktype
    Apr 23, 2015

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

  • JKayl
    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!

  • Tracy V
    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!!

  • Robby1
    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.

  • JGa2595176
    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!