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Recipe

Spaghetti with Clams, Mussels, and Cherry Tomatoes

Pasta with mussels, clams, and bright cherry tomatoes are cooked in a delicious white wine sauce.

by Xemei
01 June 2017, 9:00am

Photo by Farideh Sadeghin

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

Servings: 4
Prep: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes

Ingredients
15 ounces dried spaghetti or fresh (see recipe below)
1 clove garlic
4 large clams (per person)
10 mussels (per person)
5 cherry tomatoes (per person)
freshly chopped basil and parsley, to taste
1/2 cup white wine
salt and pepper, to taste
extra virgin olive oil, to taste

For the fresh spaghetti (optional):
1.5 pounds semolina flour
1/2 cups pastry flour
10 egg yolks
5 to 6 eggs

Directions

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 3-4 minutes, or if dried, 8-9 or until al dente.

4. While the pasta is boiling, in a medium-sized saucepan over medium-high heat, 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.

From Chef's Night Out: Xemei