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Lisa's Creamy Clam Chowder

Rated as 4.67 out of 5 Stars

"Delicious and creamy clam chowder includes carrots, celery, thyme, and a hint of bacon."
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1 h servings 449
Original recipe yields 8 servings (4 quarts)


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  1. Heat a large soup pan over medium heat. Add bacon and cook until crispy, 5 to 7 minutes. Add butter, potatoes, celery, carrots, onion, salt, and black pepper. Reduce heat to low. Cook and stir 10 minutes. Sprinkle in flour and stir 1 minute. Add milk, clam juice, clams, lemon juice, thyme, cayenne pepper, garlic salt, and onion powder. Simmer on low until potatoes are tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Add cream and simmer 5 minutes more.
  2. To thicken chowder if necessary, combine cornstarch and water together in a bowl. Add cornstarch mixture to chowder and stir until incorporated and chowder is thickened.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Feel free to use turkey bacon if you prefer.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 449 calories; 26.9 32.6 20 115 467 Full nutrition

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7.31.18 Have to make one recommendation: PLEASE do not simmer your canned clams for 20-25 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Your clams already are cooked, so all you need to do is hea...

Nice taste, but needs more bacon & clams. I also put my clams (this time I used the can) in at the end when I put the cream in. Think I may use both can & fresh clams if available. Didn't know i...

Added more clams than call for. Everyone thought the soup was outstanding.

This is an excellent clam chowder. Even my daughter who doesn't like clam chowder enjoyed it. I forgot to add the cream at the end, but it was still great. I will make this again.

This recipe hit my taste buds just right. Will now make this recipe again and again. I only cook for one, so, sadly, it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks.

I did indeed make this! And I'm glad I did! I chose a few creative licenses. Made it into a seafood cioppino by adding crab meat and fish. Held out the cornmeal because it changed the color to a...