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Clams and Chorizo in a Cream Sauce

Clams and Chorizo Sausage in a Cream Sauce

Pasquale Sciarappa
Delicious clams and chorizo sausage in a cream sauce served over a bowl of pasta or with a side of fresh Italian bread for dipping!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American


  • 15 Clams purged and cleaned
  • 6 Spanish Chorizo quartered
  • 13 oz. Tomatoes on the vine quartered
  • 4 Garlic Cloves peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 Small Sweet Onion chopped
  • Handful Basil chopped
  • Handful Parsley chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter unsalted
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 cup White Wine like Chardonnay
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper


  • Begin by washing the clams five times to remove all of the sand. To clean the clams, place in a bowl and fill with cold water. Mix around and drain. Repeat four more times. Fill the bowl with water again and add three tablespoons of sea salt to remove any sand left. Mix and let sit for thirty minutes. After thirty minutes, drain the clams, mix with cold water once again and drain. Set aside.
  • Add a drizzle of olive oil to a deep large pan and heat over medium to high heat.
  • Add in the chorizo, garlic and onion and sauté for about four minutes, making sure to mix around to cook evenly and not burn.
  • Lower the heat and slowly pour in the wine. Cook for another two minutes over medium heat, allowing the alcohol to burn off. Remove the chorizo slices from the pan and set aside on a dish, leaving the garlic and onion in the pan.
  • Add the tomatoes into the pan with the garlic and onions and cook over medium to high heat for about two minutes.
  • Add the chorizo back into the frying pan with the tomatoes. Cook all together over medium heat for ten minutes.
  • Next, add the heavy cream, butter, half of the parsley, and the basil. Season with salt and black pepper and mix together until the butter has fully melted.
  • Add in the clams and mix together with the sauce. Cover with the pans lid and continue to cook over medium to low heat until most of  the clams have opened up. Make sure to check every minute to not let them over cook.
  • Serve with a sprinkle of fresh parsley and basil on top and a side of bread to dip in the sauce. Can also be served over pasta as well.


Keyword appetizer, chorizo, clams
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