Cindy's Awesome Clam Chowder


A wonderful clam chowder to serve with hot sourdough bread or, better yet, in a sourdough bread bowl. My whole family adores this clam chowder recipe, and I'm sure yours will too!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
55 mins


  • ½ pound bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

  • 5 medium unpeeled potatoes, diced

  • 2 medium carrots, diced

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 (6.5 ounce) cans chopped clams, drained with juice reserved

  • 2 cups water, or as needed

  • 2 (1.8 ounce) packages dry leek soup mix

  • 1 quart half-and-half


  1. Cook bacon in a large pot over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until crisped and browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer bacon with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate. Leave drippings in the pot.

  2. Place potatoes and carrots into the pot and season with salt and pepper; cook in bacon drippings, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.

  3. Pour clam juice into the pot, add enough water to just cover potatoes, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until potatoes are just tender, 10 to 15 minutes.

  4. Add leek soup mix and gently stir until no lumps remain. Stir in clams, half-and-half, and reserved bacon. Cook and stir until chowder returns to a simmer and thickens, about 10 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

681 Calories
39g Fat
54g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 681
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 39g 50%
Saturated Fat 18g 91%
Cholesterol 128mg 43%
Sodium 1338mg 58%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 19%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 54mg 269%
Calcium 283mg 22%
Iron 19mg 107%
Potassium 1566mg 33%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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