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Potato Clam Chowder

I ran across this recipe in one of my antique cookbooks. It's a timeless classic I like to prepare for friends and family throughout the year, but especially during the holidays. —Betty Ann Morgan, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 35 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings (1-1/2 quarts)


  • 2 cans (6-1/2 ounces each) minced clams
  • 2 bacon strips, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1-3/4 pounds potatoes (about 4 medium), peeled and cut into 3/4-in. cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried savory
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley


  • Drain clams, reserving clam juice. In a large saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.
  • Add onion to drippings; cook and stir 4-6 minutes or until tender. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually stir in water and reserved clam juice; cook and stir until bubbly.
  • Add potatoes and seasonings; bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 20-25 minutes or until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in milk, parsley and clams; heat through. Top with bacon.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 201 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 615mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 11g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat.

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  • Pamela
    Oct 5, 2020

    Linda the recipe calls for 2 cups of 2% milk

  • Linda
    Sep 23, 2020

    I don't see milk in the ingredients but the directions say "add milk".

  • Nancy
    Apr 30, 2020

    I used chicken stock instead of water, when I make it again I will probably use more clam juice instead of the water. Also, I used more clams, 17oz, it was delicious.

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    Mar 27, 2020


  • P vinod
    Jan 5, 2018

    Love lobbster,cheese and seafood-uncle had seafood business way back in 1979 moreover its from new england a place I would love to visit when I get a chance to visit the U.S which definitely may in 5 years time -till that time can always see lovely recipies and dream about lovely things-cant I ????