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Pasta Con Vongole

December 3, 2021

One of my favorite dishes is pasta con vongole (Pasta with clams). It is easy to make and tastes delicious. Here’s a quick recipe for four people to follow if you’ve never tried this typical Italian pasta dish:

  • Start by putting a generous amount of olive oil in a medium saucepan.
  • Add 3 medium gloves of minced garlic.
  • Bring the heat and sauté the garlic until it turns golden brown then remove from the heat.
  • Add two 8 ounce cans or jars of minced or baby clams. Include all of the juice as well.
  • Return the pan to the heat and add ¼ cup of white wine and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add a bit more olive oil (4 tablespoons) as you continue cooking.
  • Add fresh lemon juice (4 tablespoons) and slices of minced fresh whole lemon.
  • If you like a little zing, add a bit of crushed red pepper as well (optional).
  • Turn the heat down very low and let it simmer until the pasta is ready.
  • Take 24 ounces of your favorite pasta and cook in another pot until it is al dente.
  • Drain the pasta, place on plates and ladle on the clam sauce in four equal parts.
  • Garnish with fresh basil leaves, grated parmesan cheese and grated whole lemon peel.
  • Serve as hot as possible.

I have been enjoying this dish for decades. Please give it a try and let me know what you think.

Note: This dish can also be used with fresh baby clams. I used canned or jarred clams for convenience and to get more clams into the sauce.

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5 Comments
  1. Per un incontro speciale con la famiglia, questo piatto è l’ideale per sorprendere. La ricetta non è complicata e se seguirai i passaggi, saremo molto bravi. Buon fine settimana.

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  2. One of my favourite pasta dishes

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  3. Oh I wish I could, but after a couple occasions gorging on fresh steamers, my digestive system rebelled. No more bivalves for me now.

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