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Clam Ragout with Pancetta, Roasted Tomatoes, and Mustard Greens Recipe

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Total Time: Half Day
Skill Level: Moderate
Cost: Moderate
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 Clam Ragout with Pancetta, Roasted Tomatoes, and Mustard Greens

Photo by: Joseph DeLeo

Shellfish with bacon is a classic combination. The sensation of salty, briny clams with slightly sweet pancetta is one of my favorites. In this dish roasted tomatoes are added to clams and bacon to create a hearty, rustic stew. This dish is good served with hearty bread, or over linguine. Substitute arugula if you can’t find mustard greens.

Yield: Serves 4

  • 6 ounces pancetta (or other unsmoked bacon), cut into strips about ½ inch thick and 2 inches long
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 shallot, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 roasted tomato halves, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 3 dozen Manila or littleneck clams, scrubbed and rinsed
  • 4 cups mustard greens
  • 3 or 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


1. Place the pancetta in a pot large enough to hold the clams. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the pancetta is crisp, about 15 minutes. Remove the pancetta with a slotted spoon and drain on a plate lined with paper towels.

2. Discard all but about 2 tablespoons of fat. Increase the heat to medium and add the garlic and shallot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 2 minutes, then add the roasted tomatoes. Cook about 1 minute. Add the wine and allow it to reduce until the pan is almost dry, about 3 minutes.

3. Add the clams and ¼ cup water. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the clams open, about 10 minutes. Remove the lid and stir in the greens. Cook just until the greens are wilted, about 3 minutes. Divide the clams, greens, and broth among 4 shallow bowls. Top with pancetta, drizzle with olive oil, and serve.

© 2000, 2007 Tom Colicchio

Editor's Note

Nutritional information is based on using 3 tablespoons olive oil and does not include Roasted Tomato Halves. For nutritional information on Roasted Tomato Halves, please follow the link above.


Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

182kcal (9%)
62mg (3%)
11g (17%)
1g (7%)
28mg (9%)
370mcg RAE (12%)
51mg (84%)
101mg (10%)
12mg (68%)

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