Today’s recipe feature is Spaghetti with Clams and Garlic, known as linguine con vongole in Italian; you’ll know it as a fantastic meal during Lent. Simple ingredients, in just the right amount, make this dish easy to make and eat. If you prefer, shell the clams before adding them with their juices in the pasta. Healthy and joyous eating!
- 1 pound spaghetti
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 2 dozen littleneck clams, scrubbed
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup finely chopped parsley
- Freshly ground black pepper
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the spaghetti until just al dente, then drain the pasta well.
Meanwhile, in a large, deep skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the minced garlic and crushed red pepper and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is lightly browned, about 1 ½ minutes. Add the clams and water, cover and simmer until the clams open and are just cooked through, 5 to 8 minutes. Discard any clams that don't open.
Add the spaghetti and the chopped parsley to the clams in the skillet and season with pepper. Toss over moderately high heat just until the spaghetti absorbs some of the juices, about one minute. Transfer the spaghetti and clams to shallow bowls and serve right away. Servings = six.