On Wednesday, date night took place at Bugatti in Coral Gables for their monthly lasagna night. Not even the freezing cold weather could keep away the growing crowd that gladly stood outside, and waited in the Boston-style cold, to have the famous once a month Bugatti lasagna. I've mentioned before that I am borderline vegetarian, so I decided to pass on the lasagna and tried their Spaghetti Vongole : Clams in white wine garlic sauce, Neapolitan style, without cream and butter. Here's a recipe borrowed from wikipedia:
8 oz clams or carpet clams as they are sometimes known
2 cloves garlic
large or very large pinch of red peppers (dried is fine) depending on taste
½ cup of white wine
The zest or the juice of 1 lemon
The zest of ½ lime
spaghetti, enough for the number of people to be served
a handful of flat leaf parsley
1 oz salted butter
Put a large saucepan of water on, and when at a rolling boil, put in the spaghetti, keeping an eye on the cooking time to ensure that the spaghetti is NEVER overcooked.
Put the clams into a separate small saucepan with the white wine and poach gently for about 2 minutes. Take off the heat and set aside.
Pour a generous quantity of olive oil into a small frying pan and heat.
Add the garlic cloves which have been either chopped or put through a garlic crush.
Add the chillies and the chopped parsley and the lemon zest.
Heat everything for about 3 minutes.
Now add about ½ of the white wine the clams were cooked in.
Continue to heat for a few minutes on a high heat to induce a slight reduction.
Add the cooked clams to the sauce and turn the heat off completely.
Once the pasta is cooked drain it through sieve or colander and return to the saucepan.
Add the Salted butter to the pasta and mix through thoroughly. This will induce the sauce to thicken a little.
Add the cooked clams to the sauce and the pasta.
Mix up thoroughly ensuring you do not damage the clams.
Serve in a high-sided bowl, ensuring that each guest gets his fair share of clams.
**Check out the wikipedia page for more tips and how to cook clams.
I must admit, I did try the lasagna and it’s creamy, cheesy goodness sauce, but let my boyfriend take the leftovers with him. I remained loyal to my lighter and less guilty choice.
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