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Author Notes: Spaghetti alle Vongole - Rosso... actually which means spaghetti with clams and tomatoes. We thought we would go back to the roots of this wonderful dish and prepare it as close as we could to the version served in Southern Italy. As a result, we came up with a recipe that seems to embody the spirit of the dish as well as we can understand it. It was delicious and definitely different with a much lighter tomato flavor allowing the flavors of the clams, shallots, garlic and olive oil to come through. You can find the recipe on our blog @
http://tomandanitamorgan...? —Tom and Anita Morgan
pounds little-neck clams, rinsed in cold water. Discard any that are open.
large cherry tomatoes, cut in half
ounces dry spaghetti
tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
cup white wine
large cloves of garlic, sliced thin
tablespoon unsalted butter
shallot, chopped fine
pinches red pepper flakes
Some Italian parsley
- Put the butter, 2 T of the olive oil and the diced shallot into a 12 inch pan and saute over medium-high heat until they get soft and translucent.
- Lower the heat to medium-low, add the tomatoes, garlic and red pepper flakes to the pan and saute for two minutes; stop before tomatoes start to wrinkle.
- Start the spaghetti cooking in oiled and salted water. Add the white wine and clams to the pan, and bring to a low boil covered for 10 to 15 minutes or until the clams open and the wine is reduced. Note: Discard any clams that didn't open completely as they were not healthy.
- When spaghetti is cooked, rinse, drain and shake to remove excess moisture.
- Turn the pan heat off, add in the spaghetti, 2 T of chopped parsley and 1 or 2 T olive oil and mix until everything is coated with the sauce. Then serve immediately.
- PLATING THE MEAL: Place the clams, spaghetti and sauce on warmed shallow bowls or deep plates. Serve with chunks of a baguette or garlic bread or other bread of your choice. Parmesan cheese would not be served with this dish.