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New England Clam Chowder

Yield 8 cups


  • 4 (6 1/2-ounce) cans minced clams
  • 3 medium potatoes (2 pounds)
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, divided
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

How to Make It

  1. Drain clams, reserving clam juice. Peel potatoes, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes.

  2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat in a Dutch oven; add diced onion, and saute until tender. Add clam juice and potato; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes or until potato is tender.

  3. Remove 1 cup potato with a slotted spoon; mash potato and return to Dutch oven. Stir in clams, remaining 4 tablespoons butter, milk, salt, and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly heated.