This is was one of my favorite sauces to make. And this recipe makes for a great stand alone entre’ or a great addition to the Feast of the & Fishes for Christmas Eve.
When it comes to the clams, I prefer to open the clams myself. I will collect the juice and remove the clam meat, making certain to collect all the juice.
If your fish market will open the clams and reserve the juice, it will save a lot of preparation time. If not, wash the clamshells thoroughly. Open the clams over a large bowl to catch the juices. Remove clams, discarding the dark sac, and set aside. Strain the juice through a fine-mesh sieve to remove sand and shells. Add the clams to the strained juice. Begin to prepare the sauce when the pasta is halfway cooked.
Linguine With Clam SauceCourse: MainCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy
1 pound linguine
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup dry white wine
18 littleneck or chowder clams
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian, flat leafed parsley
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta, following the package instructions, until al dente.
- Meanwhile, warm 1/2 cup of the olive oil in a high-sided saucepan set over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the wine and allow it to cook away slightly, about 1 minute. Add the clams and their juice, and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the broth froths to a level of 1 to 2 inches. Remove from the heat. Stir in the parsley. Drain the pasta and toss in a serving bowl with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Distribute evenly among six dinner plates. Top with equal portions of the sauce, and serve immediately.
VARIATIONS: The same dish may be prepared without removing the clams from their shells, making for a less formal, hands-on meal. Warm the olive oil in a pot large enough to hold the clams in a single layer. Add the garlic and cook until softened but not browned, about 2 minutes. Add the wine and allow to simmer and sweeten, about 2 minutes. Add the clams and parsley, and cover the pot. Cook until the clams open, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and spoon over cooked pasta. Be sure to discard any unopened clams.