CNYEats A Taste of Utica: Linguine con le Vongole (with clams)

by Joanne on September 5, 2010

This week is pasta and clams, my favorite.  Page 73 of our book A Taste of Utica presents a delicious recipe posted by Mario



Linguine con le Vongole (with Clams)



  • 3 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, thin sliced
  • 1 lb New Zealand cockles or 24 Manila clams, scrubbed and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup canned plum tomatoes, roughly chopped with juices
  • 1 TBS hot red pepper flakes
  • 1 lb linguine
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped Italian parsley

Bring 8 quarts of water to a boil in a large pasta pot and add 3 TBS salt.

In a 14 to 16 inch skillet, heat the oil and garlic over medium heat until garlic is golden brown.  Add the clams, wine, tomatoes, and pepper flakes, cover and cook 7 to 8 minutes, until the clams have just opened.

Meanwhile, drop the  pasta into the salted water and cook according to the package directions to 1 minute short of al dente.  It should be quite firm.  Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water, then drain the pasta into a colander and pour immediately into the skillet with the clams.  Cook over high heat for 45 seconds.  Stir in parsley, add some of the reserved pasta water if the pasta seems too dry, and serve in  a large bowl.



Serve it with your favorite bread:  spread with butter, sprinkle with a little garlic salt and Italian seasoning and toast.




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  • At 2010.09.05 20:08, claudia lamascolo said:


    • At 2010.09.06 05:39, Joanne said:

      Thanks, Claudia.

      • At 2010.09.06 00:53, Tammy said:

        Clams are one of my very favorite foods in the world and this recipe looks divine. Thank you. It’s beautiful.

        • At 2010.09.06 05:40, Joanne said:

          I enjoy clams as well, just can’t eat them raw.

          • At 2010.09.07 06:23, Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear said:

            YUMMY! if only my boyfriend would eat seafood.. I would make this at home asap. maybe I’ll do it sometime for me alone 😉

            What a wonderful dish 🙂

            • At 2010.09.08 10:21, ciaochowlinda said:

              Oh my oh my. This looks like a dream. I want it for dinner tonight.

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