Spaghetti with Clams

Total Time:
30 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
Directions

In a large pot, bring to a boil 6 quarts of salted water. Add pasta, stirring constantly in the beginning to prevent it from sticking together. Cook until al dente, about 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large saute pan. When almost smoking, add shallots and garlic and saute until soft and translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes, being careful not to burn the garlic. Add the clams and wine. Cover and simmer for 6 to 8 minutes or until most clams have opened.

Add 2 tablespoons chopped parsley. Whisk in butter to thicken sauce slightly.

Drain pasta in a colander. Do not rinse pasta with water - this will remove the pasta's natural starches. Place pasta into the clam saute pan and mix thoroughly. Check seasoning.

Pour pasta into large serving bowl. Zest lemon over the dish, being carefull not to zest the white part of the lemon, which is bitter. Garnish with remaining parsley. Serve immediately.


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Made this last night for the wife she loved, easy to make.  I used frozen in the shell clams they worked great.  I added basil to parsley next time I may add roasted artichokes item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this recipe. It was delicious and super easy. I deviated from the recipe 4 times. 1) I cooked the garlic and shallots a little too much so they were brown no clear. 2) I diced the shallots because I didn't want to bite into a "thin slice of shallot" I prefer them in smaller bits. 3) I had to use water instead of white wine because I'm only 19 and couldn't buy white wine (substituted with water). 4) I used salted butter (all that was available) and it made the recipe a little on the salty side. I would definitely use unsalted next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty and easy to make! Added one can of chopped clams in clam juice and used one cup of wine instead--will definitely make it again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just not that flavorful. I agree it was quick, but needed something more. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Quick, easy & yummy! Yes, soak clams 1st to remove sand. Tastes like a fine restaurant meal! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Was really tasty. Made it with homemade fresh pasta and also added Italian herbs instead of parsley. Delightfully full of flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good and quick to make. Had to substitute canned clams since I didn't have fresh clams. Followed everything else in the recipe. Will definitely try it again and maybe with some fresh clams and probably a Chardonnay instead of the basic white cooking wine I had to use. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is so easy & it comes out perfect! I don't add any salt though bc the clams are a little salty already. And I had to turn the heat up to a medium high to get the clams to open. Yummy with parmesan cheese! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this recipe for my father in law and my wife for father's day and her birthday, easy recipe everyone loved it. My father in law said he did not want "just" burgers after a meal like this. amazing recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty! I did everything as suggested but skipped the pasta. I ate it with a hunk of baguette instead and it really hit the spot. A must try but remember to soak your clams to remove the sand. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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