Recipe By Cindy in Pensacola
Published Apr 2nd
Prep 15m Cook 40m Additional - Ready In 55m
Servings 6 servings Calories 681.1

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

Recipe Ingredients

  • ½ pound bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 5 unpeeled potatoes, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 (6.5 ounce) cans chopped clams with juice
  • 2 (1.8 ounce) packages dry leek soup mix
  • 1 quart half-and-half

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Place the bacon in a large pot and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until crisped and browned, about 10 minutes. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon, leaving the drippings in the pot. Set the bacon aside. Stir the potatoes and carrots into the bacon fat. Season with salt and pepper, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. 2 Pour the juice from the clams into the pot, and add enough water to just cover the potatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the potatoes are just tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. 3 Gently stir the leek soup mix into the potatoes until no lumps of soup remain. Stir in the clams, reserved bacon, and half-and-half cream. Cook and stir until the chowder returns to a simmer and thickens, about 10 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 681.1
  • Carbohydrate 53.5 g
  • Cholesterol 128.3 mg
  • Fat 38.7 g
  • Fiber 5.1 g
  • Protein 30.5 g
  • Saturated Fat 18.2 g
  • Sodium 1338 mg
  • Sugar 2.6 g


  1. I will elaborate, but I think Hubs' remark as he ate his first spoonful says it all. "This is really good," he said. "Much better than most of the stuff I get at restaurants. Make it again." How's THAT for a compliment? I stuck pretty closely to the recipe, but I did substitute celery for - Read more ...
  2. Where was the clam taste???? The soup was decent for a cream of potato soup but I have another great recipe for that! Very disappointing. I followed the exact recipe and thought I must have done something wrong but I didn't...
  3. I Love this recipe but I hate when people make changes to it then Post that. If you have ideas why don't you create your own recipe and post that. Don't screw with someone else's creation. How rude
  4. This totally lived up to its name. It was AWESOME and so easy to make. Followd recipe exactly but husband allergic to half and half so used milk instead
  5. This chowder definitely lives up to it's name! It is not too milky, or too clammy, it's just right! Very hearty and easy soup to make. I used chicken broth in place of water to cover my potatoes, may try using extra clam juice next time. I also added in an onion with the potato - Read more ...
  6. I wish I could give this more than 5 stars! Here's why: First, it's SUPER easy to put together. Second, it's MUCH less expensive than buying the *gasp!* canned stuff. And third, EVEN I LIKED IT!! I should mention that I really don't like clam chowder at all, but of course the only stuff I've - Read more ...
  7. This is a savoury chowder. I followed the directions exactly as written by Cindy. (I did buy minced clams by mistake but I actually like the smaller pieces).Even if you do not like clam chowder I think you would like this one it does not taste clamy at all. I made it in the morning - Read more ...
  8. Very easy and very tasty! I followed the recipe as written using fat free half and half. I did add about a teaspoon of thyme because I think it adds a richness to the clam flavor. I served this with homemade Caraway Rye from this site and a green salad. Turned a gloomy wet day - Read more ...
  9. This is beyond awesome. I didn't have clam juice as Cindy recommended to cook the potatoes in, but I did have chicken broth. I had about four large celery ribs that needed to be used, so I just chopped it up along with the carrots and threw them in the bacon fat with the potatoes. - Read more ...
  10. Yummm, I love this! Instead of cooking the potatoes in the water I use 2 bottles of clam juice. Makes it more clammy. I had submitted this about 7 years ago and I've changed it a bit since then. Still using the Knoor Brand Leek Soup mix.

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