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Seaside Indulgence: Linguine with White Wine Garlic Clam Sauce

What better way to spend a Winter evening than with a luxurious pasta dish featuring the briny goodness of fresh clams from Carolina Fish Market? In this recipe, we'll be creating a Linguine with White Wine Garlic Clam Sauce – a dish that effortlessly combines the flavors of the ocean with the comforting embrace of perfectly cooked pasta. Let's embark on this culinary journey together!



Ingredients:

  1. Fresh Clams: 2 pounds, scrubbed and cleaned

  2. Linguine Pasta: 1 pound

  3. Dry White Wine: 1 cup

  4. Olive Oil: 3 tablespoons

  5. Garlic: 5 cloves, minced

  6. Cherry Tomatoes: 1 cup, halved

  7. Fresh Parsley: 1/2 cup, chopped

  8. Red Pepper Flakes: 1/2 teaspoon (adjust to taste)

  9. Lemon Zest: Zest of 1 lemon

  10. Salt and Pepper: To taste

  11. Parmesan Cheese: Grated, for serving

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Clams:

    • Scrub the clams under cold running water to remove any dirt or debris. Discard any clams that are open and do not close when tapped.


  1. Cook Linguine Al Dente:

    • In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the linguine until al dente according to package instructions. Reserve a cup of pasta water before draining.


  1. Sauté Garlic and Red Pepper Flakes:

    • In a large skillet or pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add minced garlic and red pepper flakes, sautéing until the garlic becomes fragrant but not browned.


  1. Deglaze with White Wine:

    • Pour in the white wine, stirring to combine with the garlic. Allow it to simmer for a couple of minutes to reduce slightly.


  1. Add Clams and Cherry Tomatoes:

    • Gently add the cleaned clams to the skillet, coating them in the flavorful wine and garlic mixture. Toss in the halved cherry tomatoes for a burst of freshness.


  1. Cover and Steam:

    • Cover the skillet and let the clams steam for 5-7 minutes or until they open. Discard any unopened clams.


  1. Season and Toss with Pasta:

    • Season the clam mixture with salt and pepper to taste. Add the cooked linguine to the skillet, tossing everything together. If the sauce seems too thick, add a bit of the reserved pasta water to achieve your desired consistency.


  1. Finish with Fresh Herbs and Lemon Zest:

    • Sprinkle chopped fresh parsley over the pasta and add the zest of one lemon for a bright, citrusy kick.


  1. Serve and Garnish:

    • Plate the linguine with clams, making sure to distribute the clams evenly. Grate Parmesan cheese over the top for an extra layer of indulgence.


  1. Savor Every Bite:

  • Dive into this seaside-inspired pasta dish, savoring the delicate flavors of the clams and the aromatic essence of white wine and garlic.

Conclusion: This Linguine with White Wine Garlic Clam Sauce is a perfect way to spend an evening in your home.. May your kitchen continue to be a place of joy, creativity, and delectable delights.


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