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Marilyn's Cheesy Clam Chowder Recipe

Marilyn's Cheesy Clam Chowder

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"A little different twist on an old favorite...cheese makes the difference! Substitute half and half cream for a richer chowder."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 20 mins


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon, drain on paper towels, and crumble. Reserve. Drain clams, reserve juice.
  2. Cook and stir carrot, celery, and onion in bacon fat until onion is transparent.
  3. Stir in flour, cornstarch, potatoes, salt, and pepper. Cook and stir until mixture is bubbly. Add reserved clam liquor to clam juice to measure 3 1/2 cups; stir juice and milk into the vegetable mixture. Heat just to boiling, and reduce heat to simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens.
  4. Add clams, potatoes, and cheese; stir until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with reserved bacon, and garnish with chopped parsley.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 18, 2003

My 3 1/2 year old daughter and I made this over the weekend and it was great. We added extra veggies and used half & half instead of milk to make it extra creamy. It is definitely in our family's soup rotation from now on.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 13, 2004

Needs more potatoes. Directions step 4 & 5 both say to add the potatoes. Which is correct? Still a good flavor, will use again (modified).

Oct 01, 2005

This is very good chowder - thick, rich and tasty. I cut the amount of cheese just a bit, but it definitely added a richness to the flavor without tasting too "cheesy". I will be making this one again and again. Thank you.

Dec 27, 2007

Wonderful Clam Chowder. I made this the day before to serve on Christmas Eve to a small group. They loved it. Had some left over for the next day - yummy! I used sharp cheddar cheese and half and half instead of milk. Very rich and delicious!

Feb 23, 2008

Loved it - made up a batch for National Clam Chowder Day (Feb 23) and it was a huge hit. Used sweet potato in place of white because it was all I had on hand. Also use extra sharp white cheddar - gave a tremendous kick to the chowder although it didn't look as nice, it separated too much but that was my own fault.

Jan 18, 2003

I loved this receipe! It had just the perfect combination of flavors. The cheese added a little zip, I used sharp white cheddar. Also, I didn't add all the flour it called for, made it more like a soup rather than a thick chowder. Everyone loved it! Thanks

Sep 11, 2003

I love it! Made enough to freeze for another meal. My picky son even ate it! Thanks for the recipe!

Feb 07, 2008

Marilyn we love you!!!! your chowder was very good. we added leeks insted of carrots and it was fabulous. This chowder is the best we have had in a long time. Thank you.


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  • Calories
  • 583 kcal
  • 29%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 26.5 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 149 mg
  • 50%
  • Fat
  • 30.5 g
  • 47%
  • Fiber
  • 1.4 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 48.3 g
  • 97%
  • Sodium
  • 1032 mg
  • 41%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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