Minced clams with potatoes and onion simmered in a broth of clam juice and half-and-half. A great, hearty soup to start a meal off with, or can even be a meal in itself.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large saucepan over medium high heat, fry the bacon until crisp, about 10 minutes. Drain on paper towels, reserving the bacon fat in the pan, crumble and set aside.

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  • In the same saucepan with the bacon fat, saute the onion and potatoes for 3 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle with the flour and stir well to coat.

  • Pour in the clam juice, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.

  • Add the half-and-half and minced clams and season with salt and pepper to taste. Finally, whisk in the heavy cream, if desired. Allow to heat through, about 5 minutes. Garnish with the parsley and crumbled bacon. (Note: Do not boil if adding cream.)

Nutrition Facts

526 calories; protein 16.3g; carbohydrates 47.2g; fat 30.8g; cholesterol 98mg; sodium 763mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/19/2005
This is a great recipe for when you're craving clam chowder, and don't want to wait. Here in Rhode Island, we have an abundance of clams, so I make this one often, using quahogs that my boys dig up. My one issue with this recipe, as-is, is that you have to make sure that the flour is adequately cooked, or you get that raw-flour taste. In order to do this with the sautee-the-flour-with-the-potatoes method, you run the risk of making the potatoes a bit mushy. If you have a bit more time, make a roux by melting a 1/2 stick of butter and cooking the flour in it for about 5 minutes. Wisk the roux in with the dairy before proceeding with step 4. You'll have a creamy and nicely thickened chowder with no lumps! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/28/2011
For clam chowder this gets 3 stars. I followed this recipe exactly as is - it's a very good potato soup but there isn't much clam chowder to it at all. My son and husband both liked it but both were disappointed when they came to the table and there was no clam chowder as promised. I'm going to keep looking for a decent clam chowder recipe. Read More
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212 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 150
  • 4 star values: 42
  • 3 star values: 14
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
07/19/2005
This is a great recipe for when you're craving clam chowder, and don't want to wait. Here in Rhode Island, we have an abundance of clams, so I make this one often, using quahogs that my boys dig up. My one issue with this recipe, as-is, is that you have to make sure that the flour is adequately cooked, or you get that raw-flour taste. In order to do this with the sautee-the-flour-with-the-potatoes method, you run the risk of making the potatoes a bit mushy. If you have a bit more time, make a roux by melting a 1/2 stick of butter and cooking the flour in it for about 5 minutes. Wisk the roux in with the dairy before proceeding with step 4. You'll have a creamy and nicely thickened chowder with no lumps! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2006
This soup is outstanding. I was able to cut a lot of fat from the recipe with the following changes, and no loss of flavor: drain most of the bacon fat, there is still enough in the pan to cook the potato and onion. Use 2 cups of clam broth, and equal parts cream and skim milk until you get your desired thickness. I usually use more skim milk than cream. This may make the soup a little thinner, but I like it that way :) and its much healthier, so you can eat more and not feel guilty! Go ahead, have the 2nd bowl! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/24/2005
Really good recipe. Only reason I didn't give it 5 is I will make a couple of changes next time. I will add celery when cooking the onions & potatoes. Also I will not drain the clams and maybe add some more. I did thicken at the end with a corn starch mixture as we like our chowder thick. Thanks for the post. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2009
This is probably one of the best clam chowders i have had - if not the best. I always make a double batch as my family loves it just as much as I do. I did make some alterations however. I found that the recipe called for too many potatoes for my taste so I used half the amount called for. I also doubled the flour (I like it to be a bit thicker). The recipe doesn't say if we are supposed to use the juice from the canned clams so I discard the juice from one can and use the other. and the final change that i like the best is that I put a half tsp of dried thyme in before I add the clam juice to the potatoes. My accolades to the cook a very well done recipe and definitely a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2008
I saved the crumbled bacon and added it to the soup just before serving--this recipe was wonderful. I used 3 cups of half and half and instead of canned clams used the crab from the foil packets they sell now. This recipe was so well received everyone went back for second helpings (and I have two finicky eaters.) Another trick I've learned with other soups is to take a bit over half of the potatoes and dry mash them and add them to the soup to help thicken it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2005
This was very easy and quick to make and really delicious! I didnt' drain the clams though (no instructions to do so) so the soup got a little thin and I had to thicken it. Next time I'll drain them. I did add some of the crumbled bacon back to the soup and it was very good. Thank you for sharing this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2003
Also great with other varieties of seafood such as oysters crab meat and scallops. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2006
Delicious and comforting especially on the days when winter swirls about us here. I don't care for the flavor of canned clams as I feel I can taste the tinniness but we are fortunate enough to be able to buy them freshly frozen and that to me makes the difference. I live in the hills now but with a steamy slice of corn bread slathered with honey butter and a ton of clams just winking at me I'm young again and back on the Cape Cod dunes in the wintertime! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/17/2007
This was pretty good. I do prefer my chowder much thicker and this turned out more like soup. Will use more flour next time. I need to keep looking for a good brand of canned clams. Tried two so far and neither was very good. Hubby loved this but agreed it should be thicker. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/28/2011
For clam chowder this gets 3 stars. I followed this recipe exactly as is - it's a very good potato soup but there isn't much clam chowder to it at all. My son and husband both liked it but both were disappointed when they came to the table and there was no clam chowder as promised. I'm going to keep looking for a decent clam chowder recipe. Read More
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