Clam Broth with Garlic and Tomato

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Clam broth with garlic and tomato

Clams are phenomenal. And basically idiot proof. Guys if you want to impress your lady (or man) with a fancy tasting, fancy looking home cooked meal that was a cinch to prepare, this is the recipe for you. There is so much natural flavor locked inside the modest mollusk that all you have to do is gently coax it out…by getting them drunk. And really it can be that simple! Clams + oil + (a lot of) wine + heat = bombness.

This recipe calls for only a few more ingredients but to be honest they’re all optional, depending on how clammy you want your broth to taste; the fewer, the clammier. I added a half cup of tomato sauce and a whole lot of chili flake to this particular batch for a more complex red sauce that was super satisfying for bread dipping and sipping. There are few meals more satisfying for Julia and I than a hearty baguette, a bottle of prosecco, and a heaping pile of clams sautéed in garlic, wine, and their own delectable juices.

Now a few notes on this recipe.

  1. The tomato sauce is obviously optional, but there are really no rules about the type of tomato sauce you could use. I used a sauce with a pancetta, shallot base, but you could use anything from a wine heavy sauce, to a sausage based sauce, to a spicy sauce, to plain ‘ole tomato sauce to kick this simple clam broth up to the next level.
  2. This should go without saying but the better the quality the clams you toss into your pan, the better tasting this dish will be. Now what do I mean by that? I mean that ideally, the fish counter guy who picked out your clams was observant enough to toss out any obviously already dead mollusks, and then you picked through your clams and removed any broken, open or funky ones, and cleaned them before you added them to the pan. Do not trust that the clams you’re about to dump into your pan are worthy of consumption until you examine them. And remember, healthy clams are better tasting clams.
  3. I highly recommend drinking heavily while eating this dish. Why not double down on happiness?
  4. This dish is appetizer ready! Assume that if you need 1 lb of clams per person for an entrée sized portion, you need 1/4lb of clams per person for an app sized plate. In short, the recipe below serves 2 for dinner and 8 for apps.

Ingredients for clam broth with garlic and tomato

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Clam broth with garlic and tomato

Clam broth with garlic and tomato

Clam Broth with Garlic and Tomato
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This is a crazy simple recipe that is utterly delicious - the natural combination of clams sauteed in wine is a winner. I haven't included any pasta in this recipe because I prefer to soak up this sauce with bread, but you could easily serve this over linguine. Enjoy!
Servings Prep Time
2 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time
10 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time
10 Minutes
Clam Broth with Garlic and Tomato
Print Recipe
This is a crazy simple recipe that is utterly delicious - the natural combination of clams sauteed in wine is a winner. I haven't included any pasta in this recipe because I prefer to soak up this sauce with bread, but you could easily serve this over linguine. Enjoy!
Servings Prep Time
2 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time
10 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time
10 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: People
Instructions
  1. Start off by rinsing your clams in a collander - you want to remove the sand that might be sticking to their shells so don't be afraid to get your hands in there.
  2. Chop up your garlic and parsley; set aside the parsley and add the garlic to a large pan coated in the olive oil on medium-low heat.
  3. After about 3 minutes add the clams to the pan and toss gently to coat in oil and garlic.
  4. Increase the heat to medium high and add the wine, parsley, and tomato sauce, stirring gently. Cook until all the clams are open and the alcohol has cooked off (~ 5 minutes). Serve with a generous amount of crushed chili flake. Finito.
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