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Rich Clam Chowder Recipe

Rich Clam Chowder Recipe

"I came across a chowder recipe I liked several years ago and have made just enough changes to give it a unique flavor...and feed a pretty large crowd. People always go back for seconds, then ask for the recipe." —Teresa Dastrup, Meridian, Idaho.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Cook: 25 min. YIELD:22 servings


  • 6 cups diced peeled red potatoes
  • 3 large onions, finely chopped
  • 6 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 3 cups water
  • 6 cans (6-1/2 ounces each) minced clams
  • 1-1/2 cups butter, cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 8 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. In a stockpot, combine the potatoes, onions, celery and water. Drain clams, reserving juice; set clams aside. Add juice to potato mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour. Cook and stir for 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Gradually stir in cream. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Gradually stir into potato mixture.
  • 3. Add the vinegar, parsley, salt, pepper and clams. Cook 5-10 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 22 servings (1 cup each).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 318 calories, 21g fat (14g saturated fat), 85mg cholesterol, 675mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.

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marniehook User ID: 2771510 253117
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2016

"Fabulous! I cook the potatoes in 3 jars of clam juice and omit the water. I add 3 large chopped carrots. I get rave reviews every time I make it!"

FeralKat User ID: 4621182 83549
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2014

"My husband &I love the richness of this chowder. I'll definitely make this recipe again! Great way to celebrate Nat'l clam chowder day!!"

CLGourmet User ID: 7027065 80672
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2014

"I detest any recipe for soup that uses flour as a thickener. Use cream! Sorry, that is just me. I hate the mouth feel of the flour. Butter and flour are so much tastier and authentic."

Scrosen User ID: 6789868 169578
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2013

"This is the only recipe I'll ever use. It is creamy, thick and just a masterpiece. Definately a "kiss the cook, 5 star""

Chef-Gregorio User ID: 7215239 170834
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2013

"That vinegar gives it the perfect little bit of zing that I love! I'm a professional chef and tweak it slightly more but when it's my soup of the day I almost run out of bowls, everyone loves it! Lol"

Helenw7olf User ID: 6908048 99952
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2013

"Best clam Chowder I've had! Everyone loved it and will make it again & again"

annabee30 User ID: 5351290 170748
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2012

"Family loves it when I make this. I add clam base for a more pronounced clam flavor."

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