Linguini and Clams, A Family Favorite

Recipe by Alexandra Burke

Ingredients:

  • 4 Dozen Cherry Stone Clams
  • 3 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of minced fresh Italian parsley.
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • Linguini or Linguini Fini Pasta
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt/Pepper for Seasoning as desired (the clam juice is typically salty so no extra salt is usually necessary)

 

Directions:

1.  Place one to two inches of water at the bottom of a large pot.

2. Wash the outside of the clams with a brush or new sponge and cold water to remove any sand, etc. (discard any clams that are cracked open). Place the clams in the large pot with the water. (The clams should not go higher than three quarters of the height of the pot otherwise the liquid will steam out of the covered pot.)  Cover and steam for about 8-10 minutes, or until the clam shells begin to pop open.

3. Remove the pot from the heat. Take the meat of the clams out of the shells using cooking tongs and place the clam meat in a separate bowl. Toss the shells and save the clam liquid in the pot.

4.Take a bowl and place a paper towel in a strainer and hold it over the clean empty bowl. Pour the claim juice through the towel and the strainer to catch any sand or natural debris that has settled into the juice through the steaming process.

5. After all clam meat has been removed and placed in a bowl, the clams need to be cut up. I prefer to use a food scissor for this step instead of chopping the clams on a cutting board. With this method, the clam pieces remain firm and do not get mushy.  

7. In a small pot, add one and one half tablespoons of olive oil and heat and add the chopped garlic.

8. Cook the garlic for a few minutes on medium heat so they begin to soften but not brown.

9. When the garlic is cooked add the clam juice into the pot.

10. Keep the clam juice on medium heat until the broth begins to boil.

11.      Add the chopped parsley and let it cook for a few minutes and then add the chopped clams and remove from the heat.

12. To a boiling pot of water, add one pound of Linguini pasta (or fini linguini pasta, the brand of your choice) and cook until the pasta is “al dente.”

13. After the pasta is cooked and drained, put the pasta back in the pot and add some of the clam juice to the pasta to prevent it from sticking.

14. Take a serving of pasta and add it to bowl. Take a ladle filled with clam juice and clams and pour it over each serving of pasta. Add fresh Parmesan cheese to the top. 

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