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Linguine with Clams

Linguine with clams in a garlicky white wine sauce makes an easy and elegant seafood pasta dinner.

Article by Jennifer Cheung Cline, owner of Aloha Fish Company

Photography by Rayanna Silva, founder and CEO of Array & Co.

Originally published in Mount Juliet City Lifestyle

Our friends at Aloha Fish Company in Nashville are sharing one of their favorite recipes with us! Surprise your valentine with a delicious dish or save this recipe to use anytime! Rushed for time? Luckily, Aloha Fish Company has made their Clam & Pasta Kit available for order to include made-fresh pasta by Mr. Aaron's Goods in Nashville. "We provide instructions & all ingredients needed for an easy to make Pasta dish in minutes!  All you'll need to add to this recipe is Olive Oil & your choice of dry white wine for the sauce."

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Linguine with Clams

Servings: 4 to 6

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Total Time: 30 Minutes, plus at least 20 minutes to soak the clams

INGREDIENTS

·      Kosher salt to taste

·      1 pound fresh linguine

·      6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

·      ½ cup finely chopped shallots, from 2 shallots

·      6 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped

·      1 cup dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc (see note)

·      ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

·      2 pounds fresh clams, soaked in water prior

·      ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

·      3 tablespoons unsalted butter

·      1 teaspoon lemon zest, from 1 lemon, plus more to taste

·      1 tablespoon lemon juice, from 1 lemon, plus more to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

In a large pot over high heat, bring 4 quarts of water and 2 tablespoons of kosher salt to a boil. Add the linguine and cook according to the package directions until just shy of al dente (the pasta should still be firm to the bite since it will cook another minute or two in the sauce).

Meanwhile, in a very large sauté pan over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil until hot but not smoking. Add the shallots and garlic and sauté until just golden, about 30 seconds. Add the wine, red pepper flakes, ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, clams, and ¼ cup of the parsley; bring to a simmer and cook, covered, until the clams open, 6 to 8 minutes. Discard any unopened clams.

Reserving ½ cup of the cooking water, drain the linguine in a colander (do not rinse). Add the pasta to the sauté pan with the clams. (If you don't have room for everything in one pan, transfer the clams to a plate and cover to keep warm. When ready to serve, add them back to the pasta on a serving platter).

Increase the heat to medium and cook the linguini with the clams, tossing occasionally, until the pasta absorbs most of the sauce and is just tender, 1 to 2 minutes. If necessary, add some of the reserved cooking water to keep moist. Remove the pan from the heat.

Add the butter, lemon zest, lemon juice, and the remaining 2 tablespoons of parsley; toss to coat. Taste and adjust the seasoning with more salt, lemon zest and/or lemon juice, if necessary. Transfer to a serving dish or bowls and serve.  Enjoy!

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