This is one of the simplest and most satisfying Italian dishes to make. It's great for a dinner party served as a first course or as the star of the show. —Melissa Leighty
What You'll Need
extra virgin olive oil
small onion, chopped
garlic cloves, crushed
bread crumbs (optional)
parmesan cheese, grated (optional)
Cook pasta according to directions, approximately 8 minutes.
While it is cooking, prepare the bread crumbs. Heat butter over low heat, add bread crumbs and stirring continuously to prevent them from burning. When they are golden brown, remove from heat and set aside.
In a pot, add the olive oil, garlic and onion and cook over medium heat. When the onion is translucent, add the white wine, and cook for 1 minute, then add the clams. Stir once and cover, steaming them for 6 minutes or until fully opened.
While waiting for the clams, remove pasta and strain. add a bit of olive oil and the parsley and toss.
When the clams are ready, add the clams, toss again and top with the bread crumbs, parmesan, and freshly ground pepper to taste.