Give leftover mashed potatoes a second life: Make a pot of clam chowder.

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
8
Yield:
2 quarts
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large soup kettle, fry bacon over medium heat until bacon crisps, about 5 minutes. Remove bacon; set aside.

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  • Keep 2 tablespoons bacon fat in pan. (If necessary, add oil to yield 2 tablespoons.) Add onion and saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Add thyme and bay leaves; cook until fragrant, 30 seconds or so.

  • Whisk in mashed potatoes, clam juice (bottled and what you've drained from the clams) and 1 cup of water. Add new potatoes and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat; continue to simmer, partially covered, until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in clams, cream and parsley; season with salt and pepper.

  • Heat through and serve, garnishing each bowl with reserved bacon.

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Nutrition Facts

323 calories; protein 27.7g; carbohydrates 32.8g; fat 8.6g; cholesterol 87.2mg; sodium 552.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (16)

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Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2008
the best clam chowder I have ever had Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
03/15/2012
We love clam chowder so I tried this recipe because of the reviews but We didn't care for it too much. It was bland and didn't taste too much like clam chowder. It tasted more like potato soup. I don't think I'll be making this recipe again. Read More
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19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2008
the best clam chowder I have ever had Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2009
Truly the best chowder I have ever had! I forgot to pick up some clam juice but added 2 extra cans of clams for the missing juice and I wish we had left-overs. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2011
Delicious! I followed this recipe almost exactly. The only changes were extra bacon and a little extra cream. I served these with Rosemary Drop Biscuits by FrackFamily5 for a very tasty meal. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2009
I like my clam chowder to be meaty so I might add another can of clams in the future. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2010
Awesome soup!! Everyone loved it!! I added some scallops and it was absolutely delicious.. I used more heavy cream and water then suggested. I served the soup in breadbowls it was great! Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2010
Famly loved it and I have two little boys and a husband who does not particularly like seafood. I served it in a sourdough bread bowl and it was a hit. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/23/2010
Too many potatoes in my opinion. Overall a good chowder. Everyone in the family enjoyed it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2008
Pretty good! Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2012
I used skim milk to lighten it a bit. Sacrificed some of the rich thickness you would get with cream but the results were still great and the flavor was outstanding. I recommend adding a dash or two of hot sauce! Read More
(3)
Rating: 2 stars
03/15/2012
We love clam chowder so I tried this recipe because of the reviews but We didn't care for it too much. It was bland and didn't taste too much like clam chowder. It tasted more like potato soup. I don't think I'll be making this recipe again. Read More
(1)
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