Slow Cooker Clam Chowder

This fuss free, easy to make Slow Cooker Clam Chowder is thick, creamy, and full of delicious clams making it a perfect comfort food and chilly evening meal! Thanks to my fellow blogging friend Sarah Olson and her new cookbook The Magical Slow Cooker I have discovered that there is more to slow cooking than just roast with carrots, onions, and potatoes!

I am very happy and grateful to be a part of Sarah’s blog tour for her cookbook The Magical Slow Cooker. I have been a fan of Sarah’s blog for quite a while now and I love everything she has to offer! She has opened my eyes and helped me see that not only can you make delicious food from breakfast to dessert in the slow cooker, but it can also be beautiful! I love that her cookbook is easy to read and has a photo of every recipe!
Slow Cooker Clam Chowder
I remember when I was younger my dad loved to eat oyster stew or clam chowder and the only way he ever had it was from the can. With mom not eating seafood, she probably never felt inspired to make this type of soup from scratch. So, other than a restaurant experience, all I have ever had for clam chowder is from a can. Until this last weekend. I made a few little changes to the recipe itself to suit our tastes and Grumpy’s desire! I steamed some extra clams for our Spaghetti with Pino Grigio and used those clams in this chowder rather than the clams from a can, and added a few less potatoes than the recipe called for. Grumpy informed me not to do that the “next time” I make this recipe. So, this is a real keeper folks since I was told “next time!”
Slow Cooker Clam Chowder
I learned several things from this experience. For instance, did you know you could roast nuts in your slow cooker? Sarah has a recipe for Rosemary Party Nuts (page 35) that I must try! What a perfect way to make some holiday treats for your friends. I also must try the Italian Beef Sliders (page 45) and Caramel Apple Crisp (page 190) would be perfect to take to a potluck function! You could take it still warm and wouldn’t people love you for that! Come to think of it The Magical Slow Cooker would be a perfect gift for your busy friends!
Thank you Sarah for asking me to be a part of your blog tour! If you would like to follow Sarah on Social Media you can find her on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Slow Cooker Clam Chowder

By slightly adapted from The Magical Slow Cooker
Published 04/27/2015
Slow Cooker Clam Chowder

Thick, creamy, and fuss free, this flavorful clam chowder is the perfect comfort food!


  • 1-32 ounce container chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup diced leeks
  • 5 cups peeled and diced white potatoes
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1-8 ounce package reduced fat cream cheese, cut into chunks
  • 2-6.5 ounce cans minced clams, drained OR 1 lb fresh steamed clams
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Oyster Crackers, Paprika, and fresh thyme leaves for serving


  1. Combine the chicken broth and cornstartch in a 6-quart slow cooker until smooth. Add the potatoes, thyme, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours without removing the lid during cooking time.
  2. Add cream cheese and stir until melted. Add 1/2 of the potato mixture and broth to blender (secure lid well and cover with towel to prevent burning or explosions!) Pulse until smooth. Add this mixture back to the slow cooker. Add clams and stir. Keep on warm until ready to serve. Serve with Oyster crackers, sprinkles of paprika and fresh thyme leaves.

Yield: 5 servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.

Cook time: 08 hrs. 00 mins.
Total time: 8 hrs. 15 mins.
Tags: Seafood, Soups and Stews, Clams, Comfort Food, slow cooker, Cookbook review, blog tour

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Life Tastes Good April 28, 2015 at 11:31 am - Reply

    I'm amazed at all the things she does in a slow cooker! It truly is magical! Your soup looks and sounds delish, Shelby 🙂 Thanks for sharing

  2. Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads April 28, 2015 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    Loved this cookbook!! The chowder looks and sounds amazing! I will have to try it!

  3. Renee Paj April 28, 2015 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    I'll have to give this recipe a try too! So far I've loved everything I've made from this cookbook!

  4. Sarah Olson April 29, 2015 at 12:49 am - Reply

    Hi Shelby! The clam chowder is one of my favorites! Thank you for reviewing my book! 🙂

  5. Rachael April 29, 2015 at 1:02 am - Reply

    I think I'll be needing this cookbook! that chowder looks so great!

  6. Carrie R April 29, 2015 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    I love clam chowder, but you are right about the canned stuff- nowhere near as good as homemade! I am going to have to give this recipe a go. I am always up for trying out a new slow cooker soup recipe. 🙂

  7. Christie Daruwalla April 29, 2015 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    Love the idea of making clam chowder in the slow cooker.

  8. Nora June 15, 2015 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    Sounds awesome! I love clam chowder, but I’ve never tried making it myself!

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