Vermicelli with Clams

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 10 min

Total Time: 25 min

Servings: 6-8

RECIPE INGREDIENTS

  • 3 lb fresh clams, well scrubbed and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 lb vermicelli, linguine or spaghetti
  • 1/3 cup Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp hot red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups peeled, seeded and chopped plum tomatoes
  • Fine sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp minced parsley

RECIPE DIRECTIONS

  1. Discard any clams that are open or have broken shells. Place clams and wine in a 12- to 14-inch sauté pan set over medium-high heat; cover and cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until clams open. (Discard any clams that do not open).
  2. Reserve 6 to 8 clams in the shell for garnish; set aside. Remove shells from remaining clams over fine-mesh sieve lined with damp cheesecloth set over a bowl. Add clams to bowl with juice; set aside.
  3. In large pot of boiling salted water, cook vermicelli for 3 minutes or until al dente; drain well. Meanwhile, return sauté pan to stovetop; add olive oil and heat over medium heat. Stir in garlic and red pepper flakes; cook for 1 minute or until garlic is softened. Add tomatoes and reserved clam juice; cook over medium-low heat for 2 minutes. Stir in clams; season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Add vermicelli to sauté pan; reheat slowly, mixing well. Stir in parsley. Transfer vermicelli to serving platter and garnish with reserved clams in the shell. Serve hot.
  5. Recipe provided by Chef Mary Ann Esposito