Clams with Smoky Bacon and Tomatoes


6 slices apple wood-smoked bacon, cut crosswise into 1/3-inch-wide strips
1 medium onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, pressed
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
1/2 cup chopped drained roasted red bell peppers from jar
6 pounds littleneck clams, scrubbed
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley

Heat large pot over medium-high heat.
Add bacon and onion.
Sauté until bacon is crisp around edges and onion starts to brown, stirring, about 8 minutes.
Add garlic. Stir 1 minute.
Add tomatoes with juice and peppers. Bring to boil, scraping up browned bits.
Add clams, cover, and boil until clams open, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes (discard any clams that do not open).
Stir in 1/4 cup parsley.

Divide among shallow bowls. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons parsley.

Serve with buttered (low-fat and heart-healthy, of course!) wheat linguine and side salad for a unique and tasty meal.