Zuppa De Clams (Or Mussels)

Recipe by Charmed
READY IN: 40mins




  • Wash and dry the clams and soak them in a large bowl in cold, salted water for about 30 minutes.
  • Any remaining sand should fall to the bottom of the bowl.
  • Drain the clams and rinse them well in a colander under running water.
  • Crush one clove of garlic, and slice the remaining cloves very thin.
  • In a large, heavy pan, sauté the crushed garlic until it begins to brown, then remove from the pan and discard.
  • Add the remaining sliced garlic and the parsley.
  • Cook over very low heat for 2 to 3 minutes, then add the tomatoes and enough liquid to just make a slightly soupy dish.
  • You don't want too much liquid in this, but judge the amount to your taste.
  • Season with the salt and pepper, then raise the heat to medium and cook for 15 minutes.
  • (Add more liquid if necessary).
  • Add the clams, lower the heat again, cover pan, and let steam for about 10 minutes, or until the shells have opened and the clams are ready.
  • Discard any unopened clams.
  • Sprinkle with more freshly ground pepper and the basil, if desired.
  • (You can substitute a teaspoon of dried if you wish).
  • Serve in shallow bowls with slices of bread for dunking.