- 1 Kg Clams
- 1 clove of Garlic
- 1 bunch of Parsley
- to taste Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- to taste Black Pepper
- to taste Salt
- to taste Coarse Salt
Straight from Campania tradition, spaghetti with clams are definitely one of the most important dishes of Italian cuisine and the most popular among the first fish dishes. A simple recipe that gives great flavor to spaghetti. And besides being one of the dish of Sunday is the real icon of Christmas or New Year’s Eve.
To prepare spaghetti with clams, start by cleaning them. First make sure that there are no broken or empty shells, they will be discarded. Then beat them on the sink, or possibly on a cutting board. This operation is important to verify that there is no sand inside: the healthy bivalves will remain closed, while those full of sand will open. Then place the clams in a colander resting on a bowl and rinse them. Place the colander in a bowl and add plenty of coarse salt, you will have to recreate a sort of sea water. Leave the clams to soak for 2-3 hours. After this time the clams will purge any residual sand.
In a pan heat a little oil. Then add a clove of garlic and, while is this browning, drain the clams well, rinse them and dip them in the hot pan. Close with the lid and cook for a few minutes over high heat.
Collect the juice by draining the bivalves and do not forget to discard the garlic.
Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in plenty of boiling salted water and drain halfway through cooking.
Then pour the juice into a pan, add the spaghetti and continue cooking using a little cooking water. In this way, you will cook the pasta like a risotto.
When cooked, add the clams and chopped parsley. A last flame and spaghetti with clams are ready: serve immediately!