Fregola with clams and mussels

  • Preparation Time5 mins
  • Cooking Time10 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
720ml chicken stock
720ml water
1 tbsp salt, plus more for seasoning
450g fregola pasta
60ml plus 3 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
Freshly ground black pepper
2 garlic cloves
240ml dry Marsala wine or dry sherry
170g grape or cherry tomatoes
12 little neck clams, cleaned
12 mussels, cleaned
Handful of chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1) In a large pot, combine the chicken stock, water, and 1 tablespoon salt, and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes.

2) While the pasta is cooking: Heat 4 tablespoons of the oil, over medium-high heat, in a large dutch oven or heavy bottomed saucepan. Add the onion, season with salt and pepper, and cook until soft, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for one minute longer. Add the marsala wine and grape tomatoes, and cook for one minute, scraping the brown bits that cling to the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Add the clams and mussels to the pan. Cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid and cook until all the shellfish have opened, about 5 to 8 minutes. Discard any unopened shellfish.

2) Using tongs, remove the shellfish from the pan and reserve. Drain the pasta and transfer to a large serving bowl. Pour the shellfish cooking liquid over the fregola. Add the remaining olive oil and 4 tablespoons of the parsley and toss. Place the reserved shellfish on top of the fregola and garnish with the remaining parsley.

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