Rating: 4.5 stars
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

A white, cream-based chowder, this recipe adds more then the usual ingredients. I added skin-on red potatoes, spinach leaves, mushrooms, and bacon for both flavor and texture. I don't always measure exactly, more of an eye for ingredients as I go along. Feel free to experiment.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr
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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  • Place bacon in a large, heavy saucepan and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. Pour bacon drippings into bowl and reserve.

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  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter in the same saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook and stir onions in hot butter until soft, 5 to 8 minutes. Add potatoes, 1/2 the bottle of clam juice, celery, carrots, mushrooms, 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper, and 1 teaspoon salt; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook for 15 minutes.

  • Melt 1/2 cup butter in a large pot over medium heat. Whisk flour into melted butter until smooth. Whisk milk, half-and-half, and cream into flour mixture until smooth and slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Stir vegetable mixture, remaining clam juice, bay leaves, thyme, and dill into cream mixture. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until vegetables are tender and chowder is hot, 15 minutes.

  • Stir minced clams, spinach leaves, and reserved bacon drippings into chowder. Cook until clams are heated through, 3 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste and garnish with cooked bacon.

Nutrition Facts

1059 calories; protein 42.4g; carbohydrates 57.6g; fat 74.1g; cholesterol 287.5mg; sodium 1358.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (8)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2015
Lovely recipe. Did I miss something? Mine had clams. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/07/2014
This does look like a good recipe but personally I would not go through all the work and not add the clam. With that said if someone didn't like the clams then this would be a good recipe although I have not made this particular recipe it is very simular to one I have made several times. PS: To "Ron the Cook" yes you add the bacon at the end with the drippings keeps the bacon from melting into the chowder. Read More
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2015
Lovely recipe. Did I miss something? Mine had clams. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2016
I used green onions more celery carrots skim milk 2 bottles of clam juice chopped up the bacon and added in last 10 minutes. Topped each bowl with bacon cheese tortilla strips. Seasoned with Old Bay seasoning also. Alan loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2015
I do not understand all the reviews from ppl who said there were no clams.. it is listed in the ingredient list AND added to soup in step number four. "STIR IN MINCED CLAMS...". THTIS IS A MARVELOUS RECIPE tho I did not add the spinach. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/18/2015
This recipe has it almost right.. I put my potatoes boiling in a small pot. After cooking the bacon in the big pot I removed it and added my chopped veggies(not potatoes) and butter to the meat drippings. May have added some of the clam juice to help. Softened those then added not quite a cup of flour and cooked a min or two stirring the whole time. Then The rest of the clam juice plus another bottle while stirring and bring to a simmer til thickened. Added the milk and creams seasonings bacon and potatoes and let sit a bit. Then at last the clams and a pinch of sugar! Was pretty good but a day or 2 later reheated it was amazing! I would highly recommend making it the day before for a make ahead meal! I did not use spinach and would also add more clams next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2017
Yes this was an easy recipe and yummy too. I didn't have whole milk (used 2%) clam juice nor half and half. The other changes I made were using 2 cups whipping cream doubled all the spices and the vegetables added 1 t garlic powder and decreased flour to 1/2 cup. Wow it was a good recipe! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
01/07/2014
This does look like a good recipe but personally I would not go through all the work and not add the clam. With that said if someone didn't like the clams then this would be a good recipe although I have not made this particular recipe it is very simular to one I have made several times. PS: To "Ron the Cook" yes you add the bacon at the end with the drippings keeps the bacon from melting into the chowder. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/22/2021
It required too much to make it taste good. The roux is VERY thick, perhaps I cooked it too long, but no way would it not be too thick after another 15 min cook time. I ended up adding: white wine, about a cup. Water, a cup, and Fresh garlic made a huge difference. Quite a bit more salt than I expected to need, but might have been fault of my clam juice, personal preference. How much bacon grease? Who cooks only 4 pieces of bacon to only have that much fat? I guessed, maybe 1/4 cup eventually. Flavor, bc it was FLAT like playdoh. Just not good as is to me. I was stressed I just wasted so much food making it but I redeemed it with added items. I’d half this for two people. Very filling, way too much food for two even w leftovers. Not good enough that I want to eat it a lot. Wish it was. Still looking for a great chowder. I’d figure out how to begin with thinner cream base. It’s very very thick. Maybe too much flour. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2017
Awesome recipe. Had to add more milk to keep it from being too thick but other than that I give it 100%. Read More