Couscous with Clams

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2 cups water
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
One 10-ounce package couscous
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3/4 cup dry white wine
3 pounds Manila clams or cockles, rinsed
1 cup drained roasted red peppers from a jar, cut into thin strips
1 cup drained canned white beans
2 large scallions, thinly sliced


1. In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil with the butter and a generous pinch of salt. Stir in the couscous, cover and remove from the heat.

2. In a large deep skillet, heat 1/4 cup of the olive oil until shimmering. Add the garlic and cook over high heat, stirring, until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Stir in the crushed red pepper and the wine and boil until the wine is reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Add the clams and bring to a boil. Cover the skillet, lower the heat to moderate and cook, stirring occasionally, until the clams open, about 3 minutes. Add the red peppers, beans and scallions and cook just until heated through, about 1 minute.

3. Fluff the couscous with a fork and spoon it into 4 deep bowls. Spoon the clams, peppers and beans over the couscous. Stir the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil into the broth, spoon it over the clams and serve.

Created date

June 2004