Spaghetti alle Vongole: Recipe

Spaghetti alle Vongole is a simple, Neapolitan dish steeped in southern Italian tradition. Classically this dish is served at important events such as business lunches or weddings , however these days it is used as a quick and easy meal. This is dish is a perfect example of the beauty of simplicity.

spaghetti alle vongole recipe


Preparation Time: 20 minutes          /    Cooking Time: 10 minutes        /          Serves 4-6


Ingredients

  • 1 large red onion, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely diced
  • 1 birdseye chilli, diced
  • Juice and rind of 1 lemon
  • 600g, clams (or pipi)
  • 100ml, Chardonnay
  • 300g, angel hair pasta
  • 30ml, extra virgin olive oil
  • 20g fresh parsley

 

Method

  1. Place the clams in a bowl and cover with water. Leave for 20 minutes.
  2. Fill a large saucepan with water, a pinch of salt and a dash of oil and bring to the boil.
  3. Heat a frying pan with a 5ml of olive oil
  4. After a few minutes, add the onion, garlic, tomato and chilli.
  5. Add the clams, Chardonnay, lemon rind, and lemon juice.
  6. Cover the frying pan with a lid or a heat resistant plate and simmer on a low heat for 5-6 minutes.
  7. Add the pasta to the boiled water and cook as per the instructions on the packet.
  8. At this point the clam shells should have opened. Once they have, remove them from the heat.
  9. Add the olive oil, pasta and parsley to the frying pan. Mix thoroughly and serve immediately.

 

Notes

Placing the clams in a bowl of water for 20 minutes before cooking encourages them to open and releases sand that may be present in the shell. This will ensure your pasta will not be gritty.

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Lauren has travelled extensively, allowing her to experience different cultures around the world. This has fed her desire to travel and try as many cuisines as possible. Lauren's appreciation for food is grounded in the philosophy that food has a unique way of telling a story about family, friends or struggles. She believes food is a way of preserving culture and the stories of the people behind them. This has inspired her to create recipes and design events that ensure food from different cultures is accessible at home.

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