Classic Clam Chowder

Classic Clam Chowder


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


servings 323 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  • Calories:
  • 323 kcal
  • 16%
  • Fat:
  • 8.6 g
  • 13%
  • Carbs:
  • 32.8g
  • 11%
  • Protein:
  • 27.7 g
  • 55%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 87 mg
  • 29%
  • Sodium:
  • 552 mg
  • 22%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a large soup kettle, fry bacon over medium heat until bacon crisps, about 5 minutes. Remove bacon; set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Heat through and serve, garnishing each bowl with reserved bacon.


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  1. 18 Ratings


the best clam chowder I have ever had

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.

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.

I like my clam chowder to be meaty, so I might add another can of clams in the future.

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 !

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.

Too many potatoes in my opinion. Overall a good chowder. Everyone in the family enjoyed it.

Pretty good!

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 das...