Ivar's Clam Chowder

READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by LisaA

I've had this recipe for three years. If I remember right the person who gave it to me said it came from a newspaper article from Seattle Washington. I love this recipe. Just be careful not to make this when you're really tired. Worst cooking disaster was misreading 1/2 tea sugar for 1/2 cup. Talk about yuck! Cooking and prep time is just a guess. It's been a good year since I made this last.

Top Review by Mole1338

I've made this 4 times and am making it again tonight...just haven't found the time to review it. Living in the PNW, we love clam chowder, and this recipe is so simple and decadent at the same time. Only change we usually make is add MORE CLAMS, since my family can't get enough. Will keep forever.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a medium saucepan, drain the juice from the clams; set the clams aside.
  2. Combine clam juice with the onions, celery and potatoes.
  3. Add enough water to barely cover and simmer, covered, over medium heat until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
  4. In a large saucepan, melt the butter.
  5. Add flour and stir in to the butter.
  6. Slowly whisk in the warm half-and-half.
  7. Cook and whisk until smooth and thick, about 5 minutes.
  8. If you want a thinner chowder, add 1/2 to 3/4 cup water or clam broth.
  9. Add the vegetables with their cooking liquid, clams, salt, pepper and sugar to the pan.
  10. Stir well and adjust the seasonings if necessary.

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