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Author Notes: This is a good, fast, light, comforting thing to make when I am too harried to think. It is specially nice in summer if I have fresh herbs in the garden (but I use bottom of the veg drawer herbs also in emergencies). I always have a few mushrooms and a can of clams. You can adjust pasta amounts to serve two or three people. —Starmade
Serves 2 or 3
- 1 10 oz can baby clams (I prefer tiny whole ones to the chopped kind)
- 2 generous glugs olive oil, so the oil pools in the bottom of the pan when you tip it
- 4 or 5 large cloves garlic
- 2 handfuls mushrooms, chunked (this could be one portobello or 4-5 smaller mushrooms of whatever sort)
- 1 dash red pepper flakes, to taste
- 1 shallot, if you have one
- 1/2 cup vermouth or white wine
- 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley (you need a hefty amount; other green herbs can be thrown in if you have them; cilantro, chives, basil, tarragon, even arugula if you need something to bulk out your parsley)
- fresh parmesan (I wouldn't do this with fresh clams but like it with this)
- 1/2 box (or more or less, for a guest or two)spaghetti or linguini
- Put your pasta water on to boil. Chop up mushrooms, garlic, shallot, parsley. Open the can of clams. This goes quickly.
- Heat olive oil in good size pan, ideally your favorite cast iron one. Add garlic and shallot, let them soften a bit. Add mushrooms and fry till they start emitting their juices. Add red pepper flakes and stir. Pour in the wine and drain the juice from the clams into the pan, holding back the clams themselves. Let this simmer a bit to engage the flavors.
- Cook your pasta and when it is just about al dente drain it. Now add the actual clams and parsley to the sauce and stir, then dump the spaghetti into your pan and mix it into the sauce and let it heat through for a minute or two.
- Serve, adding pepper and parmesan at the table, as desired.