This dish has all the flavors of red clam sauce, and all the comforts of a tomato soup. For those days when you want to stay away from pasta and clam sauce, or don’t feel like a creamy clam chowder, this is a delicious alternative. Serve it hot, or at room temperature in the summer, with some grilled crusty bread.
Lidia Matticchio Bastianich’s Tomato and Clam Soup
- 6 tablespoons extra- virgin olive oil, plus more to finish
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
- 2 dozen littleneck clams, washed and scrubbed
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
- Two 28- ounce cans whole San Marzano tomatoes, crushed by hand (see page 78)
- 1 large fresh basil sprig
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red- pepper flakes
- Kosher salt, to taste
- 2 cups day- old crustless bread cubes
- In a large pot, over medium- high heat, put 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the garlic. Once the garlic is hot, add the clams and 1 cup of water. Cover, and simmer until the clams open, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the clams as they open, discarding any clams that don’t open. Pass the cooking liquid through a strainer and reserve. Remove the clam meat from shells, and coarsely chop.
- Meanwhile, in a soup pot, heat the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, basil, red- pepper flakes, 1 cup of water, and the reserved clam- cooking liquid. Taste, and season with salt. Bring to a simmer, and cook until thickened, about 20 minutes.
- Add the bread cubes. Simmer, breaking up the bread cubes with a whisk to make a thick soup. Remove the basil. Stir in the chopped clams, and finish with a drizzle of olive oil.
Copyright © 2013 by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali. Photographs copyright © 2013 by Marcus Nilsson.
Copyright 2013 Random House of Canada Limited
Lidia’s Commonsense Italian Cooking: 150 Delicious and Simple Recipes Anyone Can Master by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, Tanya Bastianich Manuali
Published: Oct 15, 2013 by Appetite by Random House