One of the best things about connecting with fellow food bloggers are recipe exchanges! I found this amazing looking recipe for linguine with red clam sauce and just jumped on the idea of making it! I’ve always been a huge fans of the white wine and garlic sauce, but loved this rendition and just had to give it a try.
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Serving Size: 4
4 oz of pancetta, chopped
2 tsp olive oil
1 small yellow onion, diced
4 large cloves of garlic, minced
28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp sea salt
freshly cracked black pepper
handful of fresh basil leaves, chopped
handful of fresh parsley, chopped
1 lb linguine, cooked per instructions
1 lb fresh littleneck clams, cleaned
Cook the pancetta in a Dutch oven over medium heat for 3-4 minutes, until browned. Add olive oil, and add the onions and stir frequently, until soft and tender, about 3-4 minutes. Add the minced garlic, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Toss in the dried oregano, red crushed pepper and salt. Add the crushed tomatoes with the juice. Gently stir and add in the freshly ground black pepper. Add half the basil and parsley then stir. Taste and re-season with salt and pepper if needed. Let the sauce simmer on low heat covered for 30 minutes.
While the sauce is simmering, go through your fresh clams, if any of them are open, tap them lightly on the counter and if they don’t close, the clams are dead and discard them. Scrub the clams lightly in cold water. Keep the clams in a bowl of cold water in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Cook the pasta per instructions on the package. While the pasta is cooking, add the fresh clams to the sauce by the handful (don’t dump the entire bowl into the sauce because sand tends to settle at the bottom of the bowl). Toss well and allow the clams to cook in the covered Dutch oven for 10 minutes. Toss in the cooked linguine with the sauce and clams until evenly coated. Top with the remaining basil and parsley. Enjoy with a delicious glass of pinot or in my case, a big glass of water!