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Spaghetti with Clams, Mussels, and Cherry Tomatoes Recipe

Pasta with mussels, clams, and bright cherry tomatoes are cooked in a delicious white wine sauce.
Seafood Pasta Recipe
Photo by Farideh Sadeghin

"Pour yourself a lot of white wine for while you cook the white wine sauce."

Servings: 4
Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes


for the fresh spaghetti (optional):
1 ½ pounds|680 grams semolina flour
½ cup pastry flour
10 large egg yolks
5 to 6 large eggs

for the pasta dish:
15 ounces|425 grams dried spaghetti or fresh (see recipe above)
1 garlic clove
4 large clams (per person)
10 mussels (per person)
5 cherry tomatoes (per person)
freshly chopped basil and parsley, to taste
½ cup|125 ml white wine
kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
extra virgin olive oil, to taste


  1. First, if you feel like making your own fresh pasta, let's get this out of the way. If you have zero interest, dried store-bought spaghetti will do. First, put all the dry ingredients into the kneading machine. Once it is well mixed, remove it and finish kneading it by hand until you have a uniform and smooth ball. Wrap it in plastic and let it stand in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  2. Next, let's deal with the seafood. De-beard, wash, and clean the mussels and clams. Set aside.
  3. In a stockpot, cook the pasta in well-seasoned water (that means salt). If you're using the fresh pasta, it will only take 3 to 4 minutes, or if dried, 8 to 9 or until al dente.
  4. While the pasta is boiling, in a medium-sized saucepan over medium-high, heat the oil and add the garlic, basil, and parsley. The garlic should caramelize but not burn. Add the cherry tomatoes, a pinch of salt, and crank the heat up to high.
  5. Add the mussels and the clams to the saucepan and add the white wine. Cover for a few minutes or until they open up. When they do, take them out the pan and keep them warm in a bowl.
  6. How do you cook a good fresh pasta? Al dente, of course. Place the pasta in the pan, and add a dab of grease (butter or olive oil), making sure to swirl it around over high heat until the pasta and sauce are incorporate (only 30 seconds or so.) Top with the mussels, clams, and more basil and parsley. Serve immediately.

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