Manila clams with spaghetti
Spaghetti and clams is a classic for a reason. Simple, fresh ingredients and an easy recipe make for a fabulous weeknight dinner - huzzah! Let's toast.
Most of you guys will be familiar with clams but in case you are not, here are some things you need to be aware of:
It is impossible to guarantee 100% survival rate in the clams, so it’s necessary to go over them before cooking. You’ll receive a generous portion to account for any dead loss.
Clams are alive, and open up when they die. If any of your clams are open before you cook them, tap them a few times: if they close up, they are still alive. If they do not close up they are dead and should be discarded.
Rinse your clams. I don’t rinse them because it shortens their shelf life, but rinsing before cooking is a good idea. Okay, now onto the cooking!
Manila clams (1 bag = 2.5 bls)
1/4 cup white wine, plus more for the chef
1 package spaghetti
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
Red pepper flakes to taste
Boil your spaghetti (al dente: 5 min or so)
Put a nice big pot (with a lid) on the stove, heat it up then add your olive oil, swirl
Briefly sautee the garlic and red pepper flakes for 1 minute, add white wine and clams, cover
Shake the pan with the lid on (shake it mama, shake it!), and steam until your clams all open
Add pasta, toss, plate, and garnish with parsley
Kiss the chef!