Italian Clam Soup

Italian Clam Soup


  • 1 tbsp Cento Imported Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup White Onion, chopped
  • 2 Bellino Whole Garlic Cloves, chopped
  • 1 can Cento Italian Whole Peeled Plum Tomatoes (14 oz), drained and chopped
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 bottle Cento Clam Juice
  • 2 cans Cento Minced Clams (6.5 oz)
  • Cayenne, to taste
  • 2 large Russet Potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 tsp Cento Oregano


In a large saucepan, heat oil, then add onion and cook until soft. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute, then add tomatoes, water and clam juice. Bring to a boil, then add potatoes and oregano, cover and cook for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Add clams and heat for one minute, then season with cayenne pepper and serve immediately. Serves 6-8.

Broccoli Soup

Broccoli Soup

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme or parsley
  • 8 cups chopped broccoli (stems and florets)
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth, “no-chicken” broth (see Note) or vegetable broth
  • ½ cup half-and-half (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. Heat butter and oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat until the butter melts. Add onion and celery; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 6 minutes. Add garlic and thyme (or parsley); cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 10 seconds.
  2. Stir in broccoli. Add water and broth; bring to a lively simmer over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a lively simmer and cook until very tender, about 8 minutes.
  3. Puree the soup in batches in a blender until smooth. (Use caution when pureeing hot liquids.) Stir in half-and-half (if using), salt and pepper.
  • To make ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Note: Chicken-flavored broth, a vegetarian broth despite its name, is preferable to vegetable broth in some recipes for its hearty, rich flavor. Sometimes called “No-Chicken Broth,” it can be found with the soups in the natural-foods section of most supermarkets.

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