If I have not made it clear by now, I love, love, love clams. This recipe for Spaghetti with Clams just may be my favorite dish of all time! So simple to prepare, yet very elegant. This recipe is quite similar to my Linguine with White Clam Sauce, but a bit easier to create. Can you spare fifteen minutes? That is all you need, plus a few simple ingredients to make dinner tonight.
This recipe is also just one of many that I have added to my Feast of the Seven Fishes menu. Be sure to check it out. There are so many ideas for your Christmas Eve dinner.
If you are local to Charlotte, get your littleneck, middleneck or cherrystone clams at The Carolina Meat & Fish Co. Also, click here to learn how to clean your clams prior to using them in your favorite recipe. In addition, I give you some ideas of what clams are best suited for various recipes. A definite must-read.
HOW TO PREPARE SPAGHETTI WITH CLAMS
Start boiling your water for the pasta. Cook to very al dente while you are preparing the clams. Do NOT forget to salt the water!!! Keep in mind, you will not be draining (and you should never rinse) your pasta. In a pan, I love using this pan from All-Clad, heat up the oil, butter, garlic and red pepper flakes. Do NOT brown. You are only infusing the oil for about a minute on medium heat.
Add the white wine, clam juice, and the clams. Bring to a heavy simmer and place lid. Allow clams to open fully. This should only take about five to six minutes when using Littlenecks. If any of the clams fail to open, discard immediately. Add one-half of the lemon zest, lemon juice and chopped fresh parsley. Transfer the pasta directly from the water to the pan. Mix to coat the pasta with the sauce and clams.
Garnish the Spaghetti with Clams with a touch more freshly chopped parsley, lemon zest and a few extra crushed red pepper flakes. That is it. Dinner is done! Serve with a side salad and crusty bread for a complete meal. ENJOY!!!
As you may know by now, I have a love affair with clams. I could actually eat them at least five days a week. If you love clams as much as I do and are looking for new ways to enjoy them, check out these recipes:
- Clams with Chorizo in a Tomato Broth
- Bucatini with Clams
- Clams Casino
- Butter Garlic Steamed Clams
- Clams with Sausage
- Clams Oreganata
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