Shari’s Thick and Creamy Clam Chowder

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New England clam chowder is a fall staple in our house and once you taste this fabulous recipe you’ll know why!

As fall arrives I start thinking about all those cold weather recipes my family and friends have shared over the years and I just start a cookin’!  This clam chowder recipe is from my very good friend Sharlee.  She has offered several recipes of hers to us over the years and you can check out a recent chicken recipe she critiqued in our “main dishes” section.   This clam chowder however, is one of my personal favorites.  It makes up fairly quickly and lasts.

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Ingredients:

  • 1-2 carrots
  • 5-6 potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • celery
  • 2 tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 1 pint half and half
  • 1 can cream of celery soup
  • ½ lb. bacon
  • 1-2 cans clams

Instructions:

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1. Clean, peel, dice and cook carrots and potatoes.

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2. Saute onion and diced celery in two tablespoons of butter or margarine.

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3. Drain potatoes and carrots and reserve about two potatoes worth of diced pieces in a bowl.  Add onion and celery to potatoes and carrots.  Add half and half and cook on low.

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4. Mash the reserved two potatoes and add butter and pepper.

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5. Stir mashed potato mixture into soup.

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6. Add can of celery soup, clams and clam broth….

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7. …and cooked, crumbled bacon.

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8. Simmer several hours on low.  Stir occasionally.  If eating immediately, consistency should be just right.  Once refrigerated, soup will get very thick and need to be thinned by adding milk while reheating.  This makes it last and last!!

Shari

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