Clams Pappardelle

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  • -4Servings+
  • 20 mPrep Time
  • 25 mCook Time
  • 45 mReady In
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“Life is a combination of magic and pasta.” F. Fellini

The real Italian version of this recipe probably has a few more calories but that doesn’t stop this one from being tasty, simple to make, and still low-calorie!  Bobby Deen’s recipe, Fettuccine With White Clam Sauce, in his cookbook Everyday Eats inspired this recipe; the actual southern Italian dish is called Pasta Alle Vongole.

If you can’t find Pappardelle, any long, thin pasta will do … linguini, fettucine, or even spaghetti.  It goes without saying that crusty, hot garlic bread is a must to compliment this dish.

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Just waiting for the hot garlic bread!

Ingredients

Step by step method

  • 1

    Assemble all the ingredients and set out a large, deep skillet and a stockpot.

  • 2

    In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes and mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms are soft, about 5 minutes.

  • 3

    Add the wine, increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Cook until the wine has almost completely evaporated, about 7 minutes. Lower the heat, add the clam juice and stir to combine; cook for 1 minute. Then, add the clam meat, lemon zest and lemon juice. Season with the salt and pepper.

  • 4

    Meanwhile, in a large stockpot of boiling water, cook the pasta until just tender, 11 to 12 minutes. Drain the pasta reserving ½ cup of the pasta water.

  • 5

    Add the butter to the clam mixture stirring until combined. Add the pasta to the clam mixture and toss to coat adding a few tablespoons of the pasta water if necessary. Transfer to a serving bowl, sprinkle with the parsley & Parmesan and serve.

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