I have a very dear Facebook friend and fellow author, Amy Weaver. Amy, lovingly known as Bubs by her husband and close friends, writes a wonderful food blog, “Bub’s Kitchen”. Over the past months I haven’t felt much like cooking. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in November. Unfortunately it has settled into both of my hands and wrists….as well as other joints, but not being able to use my hands has been a huge issue! I began looking for menus that are delicious and easy and I found them from “Bub’s”! Having ideas to go to for good, healthy menus has been a God send.
So, when Amy posted about making spaghetti with a white wine, garlic and clam sauce yesterday, not only did I make it for dinner….YUM….I asked her if I could share it in my post today. Her YES was a big relief! I think you’ll love this recipe and enjoy Amy’s site as well! Here’s the link: https//.bubskitchen.com. Please let us both know when you try this delicious dish!
Spaghetti and Clams in a Garlic, Wine and Butter Sauce – Amy Weaver
Before I became a pescetarian, I hardly ever put seafood and pasta together. I always stuck with cooking, or ordering, beef bolognese, which is too bad. Seafood is a great compliment to pasta, especially shellfish.
I’ve never been a huge clam fan, but lately, I’ve given them a chance, and I’m glad I have. They’re becoming one of my favorites to work with and this recipe is in my top 5 pasta dishes.
If you’ve never cooked clams, please, don’t be intimidated. They practically do the work for you, so give them a try.
You can use any size of clam you want for this recipe, so don’t worry if you’re local seafood store only has one kind to choose from.
Let’s get started.
First, soak your clams in cold water for at least 20 minutes before cooking. Why, you ask? As clams breathe they filter water. When the fresh water is filtered, the clam pushes sand out of their shells. After 20 minutes, the clams should have released any sand in their shells.
Also, get a pot of salted water going for your pasta.
While the clams are in a happy ice bath, and water is getting to the boiling point, let’s get everything else going.
Chop one large shallot and three to four cloves of garlic.
Now, sauté the shallot and garlic in a tablespoon of olive oil on medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Be sure to continuously stir, because you don’t want the garlic to burn.
Now add one cup of wine, one tablespoon of butter, red pepper flakes, and the juice of one lemon. By the way, if you don’t have a hand held lemon/lime juicer, get one. The amount of juice you get from using one is way more than squeezing it with your hand.
Let this cook on medium heat for about five minutes. You want the alcohol from the wine to cook out.
Now add one can of clams.
I bet you’re saying, “What??? CANNED clams?”
Yes. Canned clams.
They add more clam flavor to the dish. If you don’t want to add them, you don’t have to. Also add one bottle of clam juice. This is a clam pasta dish, so you want all the clam flavor you can get. Just trust me.
Stir and let it simmer for a minute or two and then taste. You’ll notice I haven’t added salt up to this point. With the canned clams and bottled can juice, you may not want or need anymore salt. If you feel it needs more, add it to your taste. If you think it’s a little tart, add more butter.
Once you have it like you want, it’s time to add the clams, but first, put your pasta in the boiling water and cook ’til al dente.
While your pasta is cooking, put the clams in the sauce, and turn the heat up to medium-high. You can cover them, if you want, but I like to keep them moving. By moving them around, you can see which ones are opening. As soon as a clam opens, take it out and put it in a bowl. The reason I do this is so they don’t overcook while the others open.
Some will take longer, so be patient, and keep them moving around. Once you get most of them out of the sauce, and you see a few still are not opening, just toss them. If they don’t open, they’re not good.
Now, add your cooked (al dente) pasta to your sauce and stir around.
Add your clams back to the pan and stir.
Time to eat!!
One good addition to any saucy dish is crunchy bread!
My favorite local bread is made by Elmore Mountain Bread.
Man, it doesn’t get any better than this!
(Of course, I added chopped parsley and a little grated parmesan.)
What you’ll need:
2 lbs fresh clams
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of butter
1 cup of white wine (sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio)
1 large shallot, chopped
3-4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 can of clams
1 bottle of clam juice
1 lemon, juiced
1 box of spaghetti
Salt to taste
Red pepper flakes to taste
Chopped parsley (optional)
Grated parmesan (optional)
Crusty bread (optional)
First, soak your clams for twenty minutes before cooking.
Get a pot of salted water going for your pasta.
Chop one whole shallot and three to four cloves of garlic. Sauté them in one tablespoon of olive oil on med heat for 2-3 minutes. Be sure to continuously stir, because you don’t want the garlic to burn.
Add one cup of wine, one tablespoon of butter, red pepper flakes, and the juice of one lemon. Let this cook on medium heat for about five minutes. You want the alcohol from the wine to cook out.
Add one can of clams and one bottle of clam juice.
Stir and let it simmer for a minute or two and then taste. You’ll notice I haven’t added salt up to this point. With the canned clams and bottle juice, you may not want or need anymore salt. If you feel it needs more, add it to your taste. If you think it’s a little tart, add more butter.
Put your pasta in the boiling water and cook ’til al dente.
While your pasta is cooking, put the clams in the sauce, and keep stirring them until they start opening. As soon as a clam opens, take it out and put it in a bowl. This will ensure they won’t overcook while the others begin to open. Be sure to discard the ones that do not open.
Add your cooked (al dente) pasta to your sauce and stir around. Then add your clams and stir one more time.