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Italian Clam Soup – Zuppa di Vongole

Zuppa di Vongole -
Written by ClareW

Italian Clam Soup – Zuppa di Vongole is a traditional Italian recipe that is timeless. This must be made with fresh clams still in their shells for the ultimate clam experience. I have included traditional dry white wine but you can use water should use wish. It will lack the subtle hit. The first time I ordered thsi dish I watched it being cooked in amazement. A small Italian lady tossed a massive pan of clams around as if it was as light as a feather. She poured in wine to a sizzling noise, in went the garlic and it was complete. There was a big bowl of Zuppa di Vongole in the middle of the table and 8 tourists completely silent. The elderly lady swore the smaller clams are more tender. It was served just with fresh bread still warm from the oven and a chilled glass of white wine.

Zuppa di Vongole -

Italian Clam Soup - Zuppa di Vongole

Another Italian classic dish served as only the Italians can. One of my favourites and hopefully one of yours.
4.36 from 82 votes
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Course: Main Dish, Soup, Starter
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Seafood, Soup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 186kcal



  • Heat the oil in a large pot over moderate heat.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add the wine or water and tomatoes and simmer covered for 10 minutes.
  • Scrub the clams thoroughly.
  • Bring the water to a boil in a separate pot over high heat and add the clams.
  • Cover tightly and steam the clams for 5 to 10 minutes, until they open.
  • Discard any unopened clams and transfer the remaining clams to individual serving bowls.
  • Strain the cooking liquid from the clams through a sieve lined with several layers of cheesecloth or a paper towel and add to the tomato mixture.
  • Season with salt (carefully, because the clams are salty) and pepper and ladle the broth over the clams.
  • Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve immediately.


Sodium: 309mg | Sugar: 6g | Fiber: 2g | Potassium: 502mg | Calories: 186kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Fat: 14g | Protein: 2g | Carbohydrates: 11g