Stir. Don't worry about the cream cheese mixing in, it will melt as the slow cooker heats up.
Cover and cook on LOW for 4-5 hours. Stir occasionally so the soup doesn't scorch. This is a thicker soup and can tend to stick to the edges.
Serve with crackers and sourdough bread if desired.
Should I add the clam juice to my clam chowder?If you love a strong clam flavor in your clam chowder, yes! Adding clam juice is okay to do and will give your chowder a great clam flavor. Only add about a half cup for it can make the chowder too thin if too much is added.Can I omit the bacon for lent?Yes, this chowder has plenty of flavor without the bacon.How to do I store clam chowder?Store in the fridge for up to three days. Clam chowder doesn't freeze well with for cream and potatoes aren't the best after freezing.