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Steamed Clams with Italian Sausage

Steamed clams are fantastic for sharing as an appetizer. Serve with some toasted baguette pieces to dunk in the broth and scoop up the Italian sausage.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizers, Appetizers For Entertaining
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Seafood Recipes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 191.5kcal


  • 6 ounces spicy Italian chicken sausage
  • 1 ½ teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 shallot minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup dry white wine
  • 2 pounds littleneck clams*
  • 1 tablespoon minced flat-leaf parsley
  • toasted baguette pieces for serving if desired**


  • Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Lightly coat with cooking spray. Add the sausages and, using a wooden spoon, break up the sausages as they cook.
  • Once the sausage have browned and cooked through, move them to one side of the saucepan and turn the heat to medium.
  • Add the olive oil to the empty part of the saucepan, then add the red bell pepper, shallots and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir the mixture together with the sausage.
  • Pour the white wine into the sausage mixture and bring to a boil.
  • Add the clams to the saucepan, cover and let steam for about 8 minutes, or until the clams have opened. Discard any clams that have not opened.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with parsley. Serve with toasted baguette pieces, if desired.


*Before steaming clams, it’s a good idea to soak them in cold water for 30 to 60 minutes to allow the clams to spit out any sand.
**Baguette pieces not included in nutritional information.
Weight Watchers Points: 3 (Blue - Freestyle SP) / 3 (Green) / 3 (Purple)
Please note that I am not a medical or nutritional professional. I provide nutritional information for my recipes as a courtesy to my readers. It is calculated using the Sparks nutrition calculator and Weight Watchers points are calculated using the Recipe Builder on their site. While I attempt to provide information that is as accurate as possible, you should calculate the nutritional information independently before relying on it.


Serving: 0.25of Recipe | Calories: 191.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.3g | Protein: 19.2g | Fat: 7.3g | Saturated Fat: 1.7g | Cholesterol: 62.5mg | Sodium: 492.5mg | Fiber: 0.9g | Sugar: 1.5g