1 Recipe – 3 Different Chowders!

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My Dad makes the best Clam Chowder, hes from the Pacific Northwest so it truly is legit! I love the recipe and over the years have used the base to make not only clam chowder but potato cheese soup, corn chowder, and more. The base is so yummy that you can pretty much add whatever you have to make a great chowder!

Here is what you need for the base:

1 pkg bacon
4-6 potatoes
1 med onion
2-4 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp butter
4 c milk
salt, pepper

Before you start you need to peel 4 med/large potatoes or 6 small ones. Boil in water until they are just soft, not mushy! Drain and set aside.

While potatoes are cooking slice or chop the bacon. I find its easiest in a food processor. Add to a large skillet and cook bacon. Once I feel the bacon is half way cooked I add the onion and continue to saute until the bacon is done. Add 2-3 Tbsp butter, depending on how much grease your bacon has created. When the butter is melted add 2 Tbsp four. You want to create a paste so you can add more flour as needed. The thicker your paste, the thicker your soup.

Slowly whisk in milk. Be sure to do it slow at first so that you don’t create lumps in your chowder. Add potatoes to chowder. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to boil for soup to thicken. If you are making clam chowder add 2 cans drained clams.

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For Potato cheese soup, just add cheese.

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Ive also added broccoli for broccoli cheese soup, salmon for salmon chowder, and corn for corn chowder. You can come up with so many different options with this base.

Chowder
Serves 6
A delicious versatile chowder!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pkg bacon
  2. 4-6 potatoes
  3. 1 med onion
  4. 2-4 Tbsp flour
  5. 2 Tbsp butter
  6. 4 c milk
  7. salt
  8. pepper
Instructions
  1. Peel 4 med/large potatoes or 6 small ones. Boil in water until they are just soft, not mushy!
  2. Next slice or chop the bacon. I find its easiest in a food processor. Add to a large skillet and cook bacon. Once I feel the bacon is half way cooked I add the onion and continue to saute until the bacon is done. If you add the onions too soon they will get overcooked.
  3. Add 2-3 Tbsp butter to the bacon and onions, depending on how much grease your bacon has created. When the butter is melted add 2 Tbsp four. You want to create a paste and you can add more flour if desired. The thicker your paste, the thicker your soup.
  4. Slowly whisk in milk. Be sure to do it first at slow that you don't create lumps in your chowder. Drain potatoes and add to chowder. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to boil for soup to thicken. Add 2 cans drained clams to create Clam Chowder. Other variations - Cheese, salmon, broccoli and cheese, corn, etc.
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Lisa

Previous author of Over the Big Moon. I shared my passion for home and family life! I love graphic design, DIY projects, cooking, and working in my garden! My favorite role is taking care of my husband and our 3 amazing and busy boys!

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    Sydney Andersen

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    I love versatile recipes like this! These soups and chowder all look delicious!

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    Aliza Biorn

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    These look so good! I’m always looking for a good potato soup recipe. I pinned it so I could make sure to find it again! It’s been cold the past few days and I think I might make this for dinner tonight.

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    Meagan

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    Those all look simply amazing! I’d love to be your test taster! Clam chowder and potato cheese are seriously some of my favorites. They look Devine! Pinning for later.

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