Wegman's Delicious, Spunky, Clammy Chowda! Longmeadow

"We are so lucky to have this wonderful grocery store here in Maryland. Saw this recipe on the back of Wegmans 5 pound potato sack, and had to try it. I found it delicious, and perfect for a warm Sunday dinner, or anytime during the week for that matter. I had everything on hand, so that made it even easier. *Note* -- any changes I made or mentioned are noted in the ( ) area. I hope you enjoy this, as much as we do on the farm. Now if I can just figure out how to grow clams!"
Wegman's Delicious, Spunky, Clammy Chowda! Longmeadow created by PaulaG
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  • 3 slices bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces (I use 1 slice of bacon)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cups clam juice (I use chicken stock)
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 12 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 (6 1/2 ounce) chopped clams, undrained
  • 1 cup whole milk (or cream, I use 1% milk)


  • In a heavy bottom soup pot, cook bacon on LOW until crisp. Remove bacon and drain off all but 1 tablespoon bacon drippings.
  • Add onion to pot, stir and cook until limp and golden, about 3 minutes.
  • Add bacon, clam juice (or chicken stock), potatoes, and thyme. Simmer, covered; stirring occasionally until potatoes are soft, about 20 minutes.
  • Add clams and milk; simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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  1. PaulaG
    Clam chowder is one of my DH's favorites. I made this using 1 cup of clam juice and 1 cup of chicken stock. The potatoes were red skinned and 1 used 2 largish and they were broken up a bit at the end of cooking to thicken the soup. I used a combination of evaporated milk and 1% milk. The soup was garnished with sliced green onions. Delicious! Made for the Diabetic Forums event *Soups On*
  2. PaulaG
    Wegman's Delicious, Spunky, Clammy Chowda! Longmeadow Created by PaulaG
  3. Sweet PQ
    This was really good chowda. I "played" with the recipe slightly. I added one rib of celery chopped, an extra potato, doubled up on the chicken stock and increased the milk (used half & half) to 12 oz.. and a pat of butter. I also thickened it slightly with cornstarch. These changes (served with bread) made our dinner wonderful & warm and filled dh's belly! Made for Everyday Holiday Tag-Jan'10,
  4. Starrynews
    Just wonderful! Simple, filling, and delicious. Thanks for sharing!
  5. Mmylou
    We really enjoyed this. Some changes I made were to puree half of the soup. It gave it a creamy base but you still had great chunks of potato. I also used skim or 1% milk. I garnished with the bacon (it stays crisp that way) and chopped green onions. My husband liked it so much and even said it didnt need the clams! Thanks!!

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