Clams with summer squash, pesto and cherry tomatoes

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  • 1½ cups olive oil, plus 2 tbs
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1 full cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1½ cups cherry tomatoes (about 8 ounces), halved lengthwise
  • ¼ cup chopped shallots
  • 32 littleneck clams, scrubbed
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 1lb mixed summer squash, cut into cubes
  • 2 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • Baguette slices, toasted

1. Puree 1 cup olive oil and 2 cloves garlic in a blender. Add basil and 2 tsp sea salt. Puree until basil is finely chopped, then transfer to a bowl. Cover and chill.

2. Put cherry tomatoes in a bowl. Sprinkle with salt. Stir then set aside for 10 minutes at room temperature.

3. Heat remaining 2 tbs oil in a large pot. Add shallots and 2 cloves garlic. Sauté until shallots and garlic turn light brown. Add clams. Then add the wine. Cover and cook until the clams open.

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