Clam Chowder

Canned clams make this New England style creamy chowder recipe quick to prepare.

Clam Chowder

2 slices bacon, chopped

1 cup onion, chopped

1 cup celery, chopped

1/2 cup carrots, chopped

1 cup chopped, peeled potatoes

1 8-ounce bottle clam juice

1 cup water

2 teaspoons snipped fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 bay leaf

2 10-ounce cans whole baby claims, drained

1 1/2 cups light cream

1/2 cup frozen whole kernel corn

1. In a large saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Add onion, celery, and carrots; reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

2. Add potatoes, clam juice, water, dried thyme (if using), pepper and bay leaf. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Remove and discard bay leaf.

3. Stir in fresh thyme (if using), clams, cream and corn; heat through.

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