Clam Risotto with Bacon and Chives Recipe

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Abigail March 25, 2021

How To Make Clam Risotto with Bacon and Chives

The rice is cooked in clam juice and wine, then tossed with crisped bacon for this clam risotto that brims with savory and seafood flavors.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes



  • 3cupsbottled clam juice
  • 3cupswater
  • ¼lbbacon
  • 4tbspolive oil
  • 1onion
  • 3clovesgarlic
  • 2cupsArborio rice
  • 1cupdry white wine
  • ¼tspsalt
  • 3tbspfresh chives or scallion tops,chopped
  • ¼tspfresh ground black pepper
  • 1cupclams,drained, chopped


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the clam juice and water to a simmer.

  2. In a large pot, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove the bacon from the pot and pour off all the fat.

  3. In the same pot, heat the oil over moderately low heat.

  4. Add the onion and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until the onion is translucent.

  5. Add the rice to the pot and stir for about 2 minutes until it begins to turn opaque.

  6. Add the wine and salt and cook, stirring frequently, until all the wine has been absorbed.

  7. Add the bacon and about ½ cup of the simmering clam juice to the rice and cook, stirring frequently, until the liquid has been completely absorbed. The rice and liquid should bubble gently; adjust the heat as needed.

  8. Continue cooking the rice, adding clam juice ½ cup at a time and allowing the rice to absorb the liquid before adding the next ½ cup. Cook the rice in this way until tender, 25 to 30 minutes in all.

  9. The liquid that hasn’t been absorbed should be thickened by the starch from the rice. Use clam juice and add water as needed.

  10. Stir in the chives, pepper, and clams. Cook for about 1 minute, stirring until the clams are just done.

  11. Taste for salt and add more salt if needed.


  • Calories: 755.87kcal
  • Fat: 25.89g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.90g
  • Trans Fat: 0.05g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 15.03g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.51g
  • Carbohydrates: 87.10g
  • Fiber: 3.51g
  • Sugar: 2.37g
  • Protein: 30.35g
  • Cholesterol: 35.74mg
  • Sodium: 1672.97mg
  • Calcium: 51.71mg
  • Potassium: 264.33mg
  • Iron: 13.78mg
  • Vitamin A: 63.24µg
  • Vitamin C: 3.62mg
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