Alubia Blancas with Clams

Rancho Gordo Alubia Blanca heirloom Beans in this Alubia Blancas with Clams Recipe

Pancetta, clams and beans. What a combination. The real excitement is when the clams open up and release their delicious broth, which mixes with the pancetta and creates a sauce that pleases the beans to no end. You can prepare the beans ahead of time and the clams will be done quickly, making this a great dinner party dish.

  • 2 cups cooked Rancho Gordo Alubia Blanca beans
  • 2 tablespoons cubed pancetta 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 1/4 white or yellow onion, diced 
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano Indio 
  • 2 pounds clams 
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine 
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley 
  • Salt and pepper
  1. In a large frying pan, add the cubed pancetta and the olive oil and cook on medium heat until the pancetta has rendered its fat and has a chewy texture, about 10 minutes. Remove the pancetta, reserving the fat in the pan. Add the onion and garlic and saute until soft, about 7 minutes. Add the Oregano Indio, crumbling it with your hands to release the flavors, and then the clams.
  2. Continue cooking the clams, shaking and tossing them, until they all open. Discard any stubborn clams that refuse to open. Add the wine and stir, creating a sauce from the wine and all the juices. Return the pancetta to the pan.