Cindy's Awesome Clam Chowder

Ingredients

  • ½ pound bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 5unpeeled potatoes, diced
  • 2carrots, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 (6.5 ounce) cans chopped clams with juice
  • 2 (1.8 ounce) packages dry leek soup mix
  • 1 quart half-and-half
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Place the bacon in a large pot and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until crisped and browned, about 10 minutes. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon, leaving the drippings in the pot. Set the bacon aside. Stir the potatoes and carrots into the bacon fat. Season with salt and pepper, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

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  • Step 2

    Pour the juice from the clams into the pot, and add enough water to just cover the potatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the potatoes are just tender, 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Gently stir the leek soup mix into the potatoes until no lumps of soup remain. Stir in the clams, reserved bacon, and half-and-half cream. Cook and stir until the chowder returns to a simmer and thickens, about 10 minutes more.

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