Zuppa Di Vongole – Clam Soup

Vongole – Julien Menichini CC BY 2.0


6 lbs. very fresh clams
Four slices bread, about 1/2-in. thick
Two tbs. parsley, chopped
Two cloves garlic
3 oz. extra-virgin olive oil
1 lb. ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped

How to make the Zuppa Di Vongole – Clam Soup:

Clean the clams, rinse thoroughly, and soak in the cold, lightly salted water for 2-3 hours without touching them so that they open, releasing any possible remaining sand.
Chop the parsley—pound 1 clove garlic in a mortar. Toast the bread. Take the clams out of the water and let them drain through your fingers (do not drain with a colander to avoid picking up the sand as well). Crush the rest of the garlic and brown it with the olive oil in a large pan. When the garlic is lightly brown, remove with a pierced spoon and discard.
Add the tomatoes and a pinch of peperoncino. Cook for about 5 min. and add the clams. Cover the pot and cook until all the clams are open. Add the chopped parsley and remove it from the fire. Place the bread into single bowls. Pour the broth with the clams over the bread and serve hot.
You can prepare this Zuppa without tomatoes. Replace them with 1 cup of white wine; reduce for 2 min. and add the clams. Proceed as above.

Serves 4

Regional Recipe from Sicily

Enrico Massetti was born in Milan, Italy.
Now he lives in Washington, DC, USA.
Still, he regularly visits his hometown
and enjoys going around all the places in his home country
especially those he can reach by public transportation.

Enrico loves writing guide books on travel in Italy
to help his friends that go to Italy to visit
and enjoy his old home country.
He also publishes books on the Argentine tango dance.

You can reach Enrico at enricomassetti@msn.com.