Monday, September 27, 2010

Spaghetti & Clams

Happy Monday guys!  Just a reminder, you can vote for my Project Food Blog entry on Foodbuzz starting today through Thursday!  You helped me get past Challenge #1, so I'd be immensely grateful if you helped me get through Challenge #2!  Thanks again!

It's the beginning of the week and surprisingly I'm in a pretty good mood.  Not that I'm never in a good mood, it's just that Monday's usually drag on for me, but today, it wasn't too bad.  It actually seemed like the day flew by at work.  Then I had a test in my Spanish class which went alright, I suppose.  I think I was still in shock from getting a perfect score on the first test we had in there, that I didn't think I needed to study too much for this one.  So needless to say, I don't think a perfect score will be had on this one... maybe just an A, yeah... definitely an A. 

Or maybe it's that I have a Developmental Biology test tomorrow morning and I was more focused on studying for that!  Considering I barely got a B on our first test in there!  I tell you, I wish I could be one of those students that just settles for C's (because after all, as the mantra goes - "C's get degrees!"), but I can't.  I mean, I will if I absolutely have to, but I'm competitive in nature.  I strive to be the best regardless of what it is (those of you that know me, know that this is VERY true).  So hopefully all this studying will pay off and I can start the 1-week countdown to our vacation and road trip to Florida!  Woohoo!  So let's get to a recipe, shall we?

I've said it before, and I'll say it again... I'm a HUGE seafood fan.  I made this Spaghetti & Clam dish a while back, but I haven't forgotten how amazing it was.  It's simplicity at it's finest.  Any shellfish will do, but there's something about clams that just strike me as the best!


2 lbs. clams
1 cup white wine
1/2 tablespoon thyme
2 garlic cloves, minced
juice from 1 lemon
1 green bell peppers, finely diced
1 lb. linguini or thin spaghetti noodles
1 tablespoon olive oil
small handful of cilantro, chopped (optional)
salt and pepper, to taste

In a large pot of boiling water, cook noodles according to package directions for al dente.

In a dutch oven or large pot, combine thyme, white wine, garlic, green peppers, and clams over medium high heat.  Cover and bring to a boil.  Turn heat down to a simmer and let cook, covered, for about 3-4 minutes, or until clams open up.

Remove clams and set aside.  Simmer broth mixture for about 5 more minutes.  Stir in lemon juice and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Drain pasta and add in clams.  Toss well and serve onto warm plates.  Pour desired amount of broth over noodles and garnish with cilantro, if desired.

The best thing about shellfish is that most of it is ready in practically no time flat.  And that definitely is how this dish is!  Tons of flavor coming at you and it's ready in about 20-25 minutes!  Enjoy guys!  And thanks again for all of your continued support!  You guys are awesome!


  1. Great quick but super flavorful dish! You're right...simplicity at it's finest. Looks delicious!

  2. Wow, this looks SO good. I'm such a sucker for seafood and pasta together but I don't make it often enough... I may have to try it out sometime.

  3. You and me both! I adore seafood. And I hope that you rock your test tomorrow...I'm sure you will do great because you are pretty darn awesome, Peggy. This dish is going to be making its rounds in my household. My hubby will be so happy!

  4. Congrats on getting to challenge #2! And you've come up with a lovely dish! Clams are fabulous with pasta!

    Good luck with all your tests!

  5. I am loving this dish... clams are my favorite. Good luck with your tests.

  6. Wow! I am thinking this looks amazing!

    Do you know how one might tell if a clam is good or not?

  7. Claire - before cooking, if any of the shells are open, they're not good. If you've steamed them for about 8 minutes or so, and the majority of clams are open and you've got some that haven't opened, throw those out as well! Hope that helps!

  8. Oh my. This dish brings back memories. so classic. I see my grandma Maria picking all the little clams out of their shells, while the sun set into the ocean, there in Almalfi. She loved this dish. you did a great job, especially with the photo- gorgeous!

    thanks for your sweet comments and stopping by Foodie House! Cheers, my dear!

  9. oh my gosh, this meal looks amazing -i want it!

  10. Whoa Peggy.. i just went through a few of your posts and you are really talented! your fiance is a lucky lucky guy!



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