Like fresh fig grilled cheeses and slow-cooked chicken with Early Girl tomatoes, linguine with white clam sauce is a dish that connects the wide divide between the shore food of Summer and hearty, soothing dishes we want come Fall.
The following recipe recognizes that fresh bivalves are so stunning on their own that little's required to make them shine, other than aromatics, white wine, and dried red pepper for pep. Want the uncomplicated dish for dinner tonight? Then read on for the recipe.
- Coarse salt
- 12 ounces linguine
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
- 3/4 cup dry white wine
- 2 pounds small clams (50 to 55), such as Manila, rinsed and scrubbed
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, coarsely chopped
- In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta 1 minute less than package instructions for al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water; drain pasta. Set aside.
- While pasta cooks, heat oil over medium in a Dutch oven or 5-quart heavy pot with a lid. Add onion, garlic, and red-pepper flakes. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft, 5 to 7 minutes.
- Add wine, and bring to a boil; cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced by half, about 2 minutes.
- Add clams; cover, and simmer, shaking pot occasionally, until clams open wide, 3 to 5 minutes. (Discard any that haven't opened after 5 minutes.)
- Add pasta to clam mixture in pot; continue to cook until pasta is al dente, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in butter and parsley. Add some reserved pasta water to thin sauce if necessary; season with salt.
- Pasta, Main Dishes