adam's clam pasta


Alright, alright, this is not the healthiest recipe ever to appear on this blog, but sometimes you need food that is straight good for the soul, and that, it is. Clams, I did not know, are surprisingly easy to cook - and cheap! We spent $8 on a dozen, but felt like royalty slurping them down. The air of elegance is pleasantly deceiving when you go to take out the wallet. Paired with my favorite ancient grain pasta, Adam made a zesty, Marsala stewed tomato sauce to top it all off. If you're looking to impress guests, this is good one to whip out.

Ingredients (serves 2):
12 Top Neck Clams
1 Yellow Pepper, diced
1 Yellow Onion, sliced
3 Cloves Garlic, minced
8oz Tomato Sauce
1/2 Cup Marsala
1 Vegetable Bouillon Cube
1/2 Stick Butter
2 Thyme Sprigs
2 Tbsp Herb de Provence
1 Tbsp Red Pepper Flake
1 Tbsp White Pepper
Juice from 1 Lemon

1. In a large sauce pan, saute onion, garlic, and yellow pepper. Deglaze with Marsala, and add 2 cups of water, bouillon cube and tomato sauce.
2. Once boiling, toss in clams, and cover pot. Cook until clams open up. Remove from pan once cooked.
3. Boil pasta until almost aldente. Strain, and then toss into your sauce and let the pasta cook the rest of the way.
4. Spoon pasta onto a plate and then place clams around the border to serve.