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Golden Clam Chowder Recipe

Golden Clam Chowder Recipe

Comfort food at its best! Yes, you can have a warm, homemade bowl of Clam Chowder for dinner tonight. This soup is seasoned expertly and the thyme adds a great dimension of flavor. – Amanda Bowyer, Caldwell, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min. YIELD:7 servings


  • 2 celery ribs
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 cans (6-1/2 ounces each) minced clams, undrained
  • 1 bottle (8 ounces) clam juice
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon water, divided
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


  • 1. Finely chop the celery, carrots and onion. In a Dutch oven, saute vegetables in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the potatoes, clams, clam juice, 1 cup water, thyme, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  • 2. Gradually stir in milk; heat through. Combine cornstarch and remaining water until smooth; stir into chowder. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in bacon. Yield: 7 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 195 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 574mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 10g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

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newrecipejunkie User ID: 876567 163105
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2013

"This recipe was pretty good but I was expecting more due to all the other great reviews. I'm still on my quest to duplicate the clam chowder from the now-defunct Shells Restaurants in Florida."

flygirl99_sab User ID: 5833002 168645
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2013

"I Love,Love,Love this recipe. I am not really a clam chowder kinda girl. But I loved this! My family loved it too. I just added a little extra bacon but followed this to the T. Def will make again!!"

babywhisperer User ID: 7094898 148712
Reviewed May. 16, 2013

"This is awesome. I like that there is no heavy cream and I have skipped a few ingredients that I did not have on still comes out phenomenal! A Friday staple for our family of ten. Thanks, Amanda Bowyer!"

kerrynjames User ID: 5662698 67361
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2012

"This recipe was decent, but it could be better. I'd add corn next time."

FACSteacher User ID: 759865 67360
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2012

"I am not a fan of clam chowder but my husband is so this was my first time making clam chowder and it was great! The recipe is quick with most ingredients I had on hand. I too skipped much of the thyme because it's not my favorite and wonder what other spice I might add the next time I make it. I am considering the Tabasco as someone else suggested! I served it with the TOH Braided Onion Potato Loaf and that was a good combo. I will make this again for sure!"

QueenMamabug User ID: 6316484 148669
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2011

"My boys are picky eaters but they LOVED this was so easy to make that my 11 year old did all the chopping and cooking with just a little help from me....I lost the tear out from the magazine and am so happy to finally have found it online! Can't wait to make it again now that the weather has turned cold!"

Mrs_T User ID: 941931 149002
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2011

"Best clam chowder I have ever made! I used about 3 green onions in place of the regular onion, just because I had green onions to use up, and it worked very well. I cut the garlic back to 3 cloves and cut the thyme in half, and that seasoning was perfect for us. I think thyme can be overwhelming, at least for us. A keeper recipe for sure!"

siney User ID: 1018856 208656
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2011

"One of the best, easiest soups I've had in a long time. Husband and son couldn't get enough of it. Full of flavor. easy, and very economical to fix. Sandwiches were great too. Loved the hint of apricot in them."

katezito User ID: 4513596 95639
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2011

"This soup was amazing! Not as think as your typical Clam chowder, but I liked it that way! My husband wouldn't stop raving about how impressed he was with my dinner that night!! YUM!"

maltobarrio User ID: 3055993 168643
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2010

"I am 70 yrs. old, saw the picture and the recipe,it looked good, I made it 2 days later, it was out of this world. I would most definately make again.(:-)"

FaithDeasy User ID: 4188559 118128
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2010

"This was a fast and fantasic recipe! My husband and son just loved it. They both said is is a definate do-over!  This is a 5 star recipe!"

barbaradell User ID: 4422268 67359
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2010

"this chowder was quick and delicious. i omitted the carrots, added an extra can of clams for bulk and about 7 dashes of tobasco for a little heat. the sandwich in the picture looked good too so i used onion rye with rosemary ham and asiago, with a smear of dijon and grilled it. a very nice supper on a chilly november night!"

erhink User ID: 1422562 95630
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2010

"My husband called this a keeper. It is great."

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