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How to Make It

Step 1    

In a large saucepan, combine the olive oil with the garlic, sun-dried tomatoes and 2 tablespoons of the parsley. Cook over moderate heat until the garlic is softened but not browned. Add the clams, cover and cook over moderately high heat for 3 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of parsley and the wine, black pepper and crushed red pepper. Cook, stirring, until all of the clams have opened, 5 to 8 minutes total. As the clams open, transfer them to a bowl with a slotted spoon.

Step 2    

Pour the clam juices into a clean large saucepan, stopping before you reach any sediment at the bottom of the pan. Add the stock, season with salt and bring to a boil.

Step 3    

Gradually add the fregola, a little at a time so that the stock never stops boiling, and cook until it is just tender, about 10 minutes. Fold the clams into the fregola and cook until heated. Spoon the fregola into shallow bowls, garnish with parsley and serve.

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