Linguini with White Clam Sauce

November 20th, 2004

Linguini with White Clam Sauce Recipe

Thanks to Pony, this simple yet flavorful pasta dish has become one of my go-to dishes. Of course I added my own twist to make it my own. The best thing about this recipe is that it is quick and easy to make with ingredients you probably already have on hand, and it doesn't taste too bad either ;) Like Pony always says, this dish is more enjoyable with generous portions of broth. Increasing the clam juice will give the dish a stronger clam flavor, but I recently discovered that chicken stock is also a great alternative that gives it a velvety personality. My recommendation is to use both.

Linguine with White Clam Sauce

The Formula for Linguini with White Clam Sauce

extra-virgin olive oil
red pepper flakes
garlic, finely chopped
1 tin fillet of anchovies, oil drained
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves (4 or 5 sprigs stripped) or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried
1 cup dry white wine
1 bottle clam juice and/or Chicken stock (2 bottles for those who like extra broth)
1 can (15 ounces) whole/chopped baby clams
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 pound linguini, slightly undercooked
Chopped parsley
Lots of fresh ground black pepper and some kosher salt

The Procedure Linguini with White Clam Sauce

1. Heat a large deep skillet over medium heat and add extra-virgin olive oil.

2. Throw in the red pepper flakes, garlic and anchovies and cook until anchovies starts to crumble & melt into the oil. Be careful not to burn.

3. Add thyme and wine. Reduce wine about a minute.

4. Add clams, clam juice/chicken stock and lemon juice.

5. Meanwhile boil pasta and drain just before it becomes al dente. Add pasta to skillet and toss with sauce 2 to 3 minutes to absorb the flavor of the sauce.

6. Add parsley, grated cheese, pepper and salt to taste.

7. Serve with crusty bread to mop up the juices!

If in season, throw in some diced tomatoes at step 5. The heat of the pasta and sauce should be enough to warm it through. The tomatoes will add nice color and bring more flavor to the party.

3 Responses to “Linguini with White Clam Sauce”

  1. PonyNo Gravatar Says:

    wow – that was quick!! lol

  2. PonyNo Gravatar Says:

    I would throw the tomatoes in step 2, you should experiment and see what works better….

  3. adminNo Gravatar Says:

    I think I am going to try that tonight! Thanks for the tip Pony!

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