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Italian spaghetti with clams recipe

A few weeks ago i went to Ostia, a famous beach of Lazio and I have tasted again the spaghetti with clams, a delight! 

So today I propose you this delicious italian pasta with clams! 

The spaghetti with clams are one of the most famous and popular dishes of the Neapolitan culinary tradition, where they are known as "vermicelli with clams." Although now the spaghetti with clams are prepared in every corner of the world, it is impossible for those who travels to Naples not try this delicious dish, perhaps savoring the sea. The clams best to use for spaghetti are the true, fish in our seas, from the fleshy fruit and very tasty! 

Difficulty: Easy 
Cooking time: 20 min 
Preparation time: 20 min 
Serves: 4 people 

Cost: Medium 


Spaghetti 400 gr 
1 kg Clams 
1 clove of garlic 
1 bunch parsley 
Extra virgin olive oil 
ground pepper 


To prepare Italian spaghetti with clams, subsidiaries that do not contain sand: picchiettatele one by one on a cutting board on the side of the opening. If you come out of the dark sand means that the clam will be full of sand and it will then be thrown out. Eliminate even those with the broken shell. Then you place the clams in a colander placed over a bowl and rinse under running water several times: in the bowl when finished you will not see more sand. Pour a little olive oil in a large pot and a clove of garlic, peeled and brown a few minutes. 

Drain the clams well and pour into the pan: cover with the lid and turn the flame: in this way the valve will open with the heat. You'll have to put out the fire immediately after the complete opening, to avoid compromising the tenderness of the fruit of the sea with a cooking too long. 

Drain the clams and keep the cooking liquid that has formed. Then bring to a boil plenty of water and salt to taste and then cook the spaghetti, you have to drain half cooked (you can choose from spaghetti larger and the porous surface to make the dish creamier). While pasta is cooking, finely chop the parsley; then in a large frying pan pour a little 'oil and a clove of whole garlic (optional), and then pour the cooking liquid from the clams filtered and let it thicken a few minutes 
Spaghetti with clams 
then add the chopped parsley and drained spaghetti halfway through cooking (retained cooking water). Continue cooking spaghetti in the pan, like pasta and risotto add the shelled clams then add the whole ones and the remaining parsley; if necessary, you can add a ladle of the cooking water. Turn off the heat and serve piping hot spaghetti with clams!

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