Linguine with clams: The dish is an Italian classic for a reason — because it's a crowd pleaser. Once upon a time, I didn't enjoy eating clams, but I would make an exception for linguine con vongole. The bounciness of the clams, the briny flavors, the chewy linguine flavored with white wine all come together to make the ultimate comfort dish.
Both of these dishes are relatively simple, but the second recipe calls for fresh clams, which then get a treatment on the grill. If you're unsure of your cooking level, you might try the first recipe, and then follow it up a few weeks later with the second. To see both, read more.
4 ounces uncooked linguine Serves 2.
3/4 chopped green pepper
1 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 to 1/3 cup clam juice
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon salt
Crushed red pepper flakes
1 can or 6-1/2 ounces minced clams, drained
4 ounces uncooked linguine
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil Serves 4.
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lemon peel, divided
3/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 1/3 cups Sauvignon Blanc or other non-oaky white wine
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 canned anchovy fillets, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley, divided
Coarse kosher salt
4 dozen small clams (such as littleneck), scrubbed
12 ounces linguine
Lemon wedges (for garnish)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil