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Mari's Clam Lovers Chowder Recipe
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Mari's Clam Lovers Chowder

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"This is a large amount of clam chowder good for parties or dinners. It's good served with oyster crackers, hard crust breads, or in sourdough bread bowls."

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Original recipe makes 16 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    45 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 30 mins

    2 hrs 15 mins


  1. In a large stockpot, saute bacon until almost crisp. Drain fat. Add clam juice, onion, carrots, water, celery, and parsley. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.
  2. Add potatoes and simmer 20 more minutes. At the time you add potatoes start cream sauce.
  3. In a Dutch oven melt butter and add flour; blend until smooth. Slowly pour in cream, stirring constantly. DO NOT BOIL! When smooth, transfer to the stockpot.
  4. Stir in clams, salt, pepper, sugar and red wine vinegar. Simmer, never let boil, until smooth and slightly thickened, about 30 to 45 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 25, 2003

I made this recipe on the 4th for a party and it was very good. I felt it needed a little more stock. I went to another party the next day so I made a few changes in the recipe and it was OUTSTANDING! The best I've ever had! I added 9 cups of potatoes intead of 5, used 1 cup butter instead of 1-1/2,used half and half instead of heavy cream, substituted one quart of the water with clam juice, added 1 tbl. thyme, and ommitted the carrots. Everyone loved it. Within an hour, the whole pot of chowder had been eaten.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 27, 2006

I didn't change anything and now I wish I had. This barely tasted like clam chowder to me - it was nice and thick and creamy but I felt it lacked a clam taste. If I made this again I would use clam juice in place of the water (or at least l/2 juice and l/2 water). Also, this makes a LOT of soup.

Feb 28, 2005

This is one of the thickest, creamiest, BEST clam chowder recipes we have ever tried! I did, however, use bottled clam juice instead of the water that was called for. Probably not the healthiest soup with all that heavy cream, but the taste is wonderful.

Apr 02, 2005

Lucky strike! on this one with KELLE11' 7/8/2002 modifications. OUTSTANDING! heres a couple more changes too. I used Pacific Razor clams I dug at Longbeach, WA the month before. 24 ozs of clams only wt. 8-10 slices bacon ( dont over cook);clam nectar + h2o= 2qts;3-4 Tbls. minced parsley; 1 Tbls blk. pepper & 1+1/2 Tbls. Worshchester.

Jan 18, 2003

I'd never made clam chowder before; this was a huge success with my family! I'll make it often. It does take a little time to do all the chopping, but it is well worth the effort!

Sep 13, 2010

Best Clam Chowder ever! I had never made clam chowder and gave this one a try. (It didn't call for tomatoes! :)) As I was cooking it I noticed that it was making A LOT. After pouring it altogether and putting everything into my pot I was very concerned. I looked at the recipe and noticed, for the first time, that it made 16 servings! I was definitely worried about my family of five eating it all before it went bad...until I took the first bite. Oh my! Soooo good! Thank you for adding this to allrecipes!! LOVE IT! I can my potatoes so didn't add those until everything else was added because they are already soft. Only variation I made. :)

Mar 19, 2006

My teenager 'signed' me up to bring a homemade soup to a Cheerleading dish-to pass. I chose this recipe and it was delicious! Very creamy and excellent tasting! I did 'adjust' this recipe, as I cooked it in my crock-pot and was taking my crock-pot to the school. So, I used 5 cans of clams, 16 ozs. Water, an 8oz bottle of clam juice, 1 quart of Heavy Cream, 1 Cup of Butter, and 1 Cup of Flour and all the other ingredients listed in the recipe. The only reason I reduced the liquids and clams was because of the size of my crock-pot. If you use this recipe for a dish-to-pass, you will receive many compliments!!

Jan 18, 2003

four of my friends tasted this recipe, and everyone of them raved about it and want the recipe. excellent flavor


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  • Calories
  • 810 kcal
  • 41%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 29.9 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 273 mg
  • 91%
  • Fat
  • 64.3 g
  • 99%
  • Fiber
  • 2.1 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 29.5 g
  • 59%
  • Sodium
  • 728 mg
  • 29%

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

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