Alubia Blancas with Clams

Now that you’ve mastered cooking beans in the Rancho Gordo method, it’s time to take the flavors to the next level with this beautiful dish.

Steve Sando|Jan 25, 2022
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34 Minutes

2-4 Servings

Easy

beans | shellfish | Dutch Oven

Now that you’ve cooked your pot of beans, they get to be the star of the show in this simple but elegant dish. You may be tempted to add more things to the mix, but

Rancho Gordo’s

founder

Steve Sando

warns not to overdo it. “Once you add in the fat from the pancetta (or chorizo) that’s where you need to stop,” Sando said. “There’s this tendency to always want to add more, but learning to stop is critical. You’ve done it. This is so great. Maybe a little lime or lemon, but that’s it. I mean it.” Serve with some crusty

bread

so you don’t miss out on the flavorful broth, and you have yourself a lovely meal.

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Ingredients

1

tablespoon olive oil

2

tablespoons pancetta, or merguez, cubed

1/4

white or yellow onion, diced

2

cloves garlic, minced

1

teaspoon dried oregano

2

pounds clams

1/2

cup dry white wine

2

cups cooked Rancho Gordo Alubia Blanca beans

kosher salt and black pepper, to taste

1/4

cup flat leaf parsley, chopped for garnish

1

lemon, sliced into wedges for garnish

crusty bread, for serving

Instructions

STEP 1

Preheat a

Dutch Oven

over medium-low heat. Once it is warm, add the olive oil and let it get hot before adding in your cubed pancetta. Cook until the pancetta has rendered its fat, about 10 minutes. Remove from the pan, reserving the fat.

STEP 2

Add the onion and garlic and sauté until soft and lightly browned, about 5-7 minutes. Sprinkle in the dried oregano and stir to combine.

STEP 3

Add the clams to the Dutch Oven, followed by the white wine, and cover with lid until the clams open, about 5 minutes. Discard any clams that don’t open.

STEP 4

Reduce to a simmer and add the reserved pancetta and cooked beans, gently mixing everything together. Cook for about 5 minutes.

STEP 5

Adjust seasonings to your liking with salt and pepper and finish with parsley.

STEP 6

Serve with crusty bread and a lemon wedge and enjoy.