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Quick and Easy Clam Chowder Recipe

Quick and Easy Clam Chowder Recipe

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. YIELD:5 servings


  • 6 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged 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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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Summy User ID: 1386846 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 User ID: 5773271 107552
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2011

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

MaMaLaLa User ID: 5828844 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 User ID: 4401970 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 User ID: 707734 45986
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2008

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

lssrls User ID: 1447889 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 User ID: 2732716 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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