Clams In Rich Broth With Orzo. James Yorkston On The Stereo.

Clams In Rich Broth With Orzo

We’re a clam loving family.

Clams are fabulous with bacon and potatoes, yummy over linguine and delicious over rice.

So, of course when I saw this recipe for clams over orzo, I was right on board. The broth gets its richness from a little butter and wine, but actually tastes very light. It’s a wonderful way to showcase the sweet flavor of the clams.

Clams In Rich Broth With Orzo
Clams In Rich Broth With Orzo


2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 onion, peeled and sliced
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1 cup white wine
1 cup chicken stock or water
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
5 pounds littleneck or Manila clams, scrubbed
1/4 cup chopped tomato
1 tablespoon each chopped fresh parsley and basil
1 pound orzo


1. In a large, heavy pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until golden brown, 2 minutes. Add onion and crushed re pepper and cook until onion is soft, about 5 minutes.

2. Add wine and bring to a boil. Add stock and boil for 5 minutes. Add butter, clams, tomato, and salt to taste. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 to 20 minutes, or until all clams have opened. Discard any unopened clams. Stir in herbs.

3. Meanwhile, bring a large pan of water to a boil. Add orzo and cook according to package directions. Drain and drizzle with a little oil.

4. Spoon a serving of orzo in each of 4 large bowls, add enough broth just to cover, and top with clams.

Serves 4

Recipe from Martha Stewart Living Magazine
Clams In Rich Broth With Orzo

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2 Responses to Clams In Rich Broth With Orzo. James Yorkston On The Stereo.

  1. Dave says:

    I’ve lived in Boston for 1 1/2 years now and have never prepared clams! You reminded me to try it soon.

    • This is a really good recipe to start your clam era! Easy and delicious.

      I lived in Boston for 8 years and LOVED it. Now only 2 hours north in VT. I go down to visit every time I can.

      You are in a very good eating zone!!

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