Clam Linguini

Posted by Callies Biscuits on

A few weeks ago, my oldest daughter came home from a sleepover and announced that she had Linguini and canned-clams for dinner. She was in love with the dish! Always willing to try a new recipe, I took her new love as a challenge to make it at home and ultimately win her over!

My husband makes homemade pasta often, but when I'm in a pinch, I love shopping the fresh pasta bar at Whole Foods. They cut their pastas to order and it's always fresh. The pepper linguine is my favorite, so I incorporated it into this dish.  This light, simple, one-pot wonder, is easier to make than you may think. Enjoy with a glass of white wine and some sunshine! 

Clam Linguini

Ingredients

    - 2 ½ pounds fresh clams - 1 pound fresh black pepper linguini (or any linguini) - 4 ounce pack of chopped pancetta - 10 garlic cloves, minced - 1 white onion, diced - 1 cup dry white wine - 2 cups arugula - ½ cup flat leaf parsley, chopped - Juice of 2 lemons - 1 tablespoon olive oil - 3 tablespoons salted butter

Instructions

    1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. 1. Heat a large heavy skillet to medium heat. Add the pancetta and cook until crisp. Remove and place on a paper towel lined plate. 1. In the same skillet, add one tablespoon of olive oil to the pancetta grease. Add the diced onion and sauté over medium heat until onions soften (about 5 minutes). Add the minced garlic to the onions and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring frequently. 1. Add the clams and wine to the onions and garlic. Put a lid on the skillet and cook the clams for 6-8 minutes or until the clams have opened. Discard any unopened clams. 1. While the clams are cooking, add the pasta to the boiling water. Cook pasta according to package directions. 1. Once the linguini is al dente, drain and reserve 1 cup of the pasta water. 1. Add the butter to the pot that you cooked the linguini in and return the drained pasta. Add the lemon juice and mix together. Turn heat to low. 1. Add the cooked pancetta and arugula and mix until combined. Add a little of the pasta water to the linguini; to help thicken the sauce. 1. Once the clams are finished, add the entire skillet into the pasta and mix together. 1. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve immediately. Enjoy!

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