Since Italy is going to the World Cup Final, I thought it's appropriate to post an Italian pasta dish today. Great goals at the end when everyone was expecting a shoot out penalty. On to the food! I have this small love affair with bivalves and when I see these kind of clams I will definitely stop and get some since they are quite rare.
Rather than make a Chinese dish out of it, I decided to try out the traditional Italian dish with clams which I have from the BBC Good Food magazine. It's really simple to cook and taste so great that you'll want to keep eating this.
Spaghetti Alle Vongole
140 grams spaghetti
500 grams clams in shells
2 ripe tomatoes
2 tbsp olive oil
1 fat garlic clove, chopped
1 small or half of a large fat chili, finely chopped
splash of white wine (about half of a glass)
2 tbsp chopped parsley
Put the water to boil for the spaghetti. Rinse the clams in several changes of cold water. Discard any that are open or damaged. Cover the tomatoes with boiling water for 1 minute and peel the skin. Deseed the tomatoes and chop into small pieces.
Cook spaghetti in boiling water as per instructions on the packet. Meanwhile heat up the oil and add the garlic and chilli, then fry gently for a few minutes. Stir in tomatoes, clams, white wine, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Cover the pan and cook until clams are opened i.e approximately 3 to 4 minutes. Drain pasta and tip into pan to mix with parsley. Dish up and serve.