I always love Costco coupons. One morning while flipping through the coupon book before my trip to Costco, I saw the discount for 2 large can of clams, and I just had to have it!! Have I ever cooked with clams? not really, but I did have a craving for clam chowder. The first can went to clam chowder, but I had no idea what to do with the second. Then one day my friend kept mentioning that he would make linguine and clams, but he never did! So after a month of hearing about it, I finally rifled through my cupboards to see how I was going to make this, and was determined to make this!
Ingredients – Got the skeleton of my recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse
1/2 pound linguine or spaghetti – I DIDN’T HAVE ANY!!! so I substituted for..
1/2 pound medium pasta shells – check! 😀
1 tablespoon olive oil – check
1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onions – check
1-1/2 tablespoons thinkly sliced garlic – check
1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano – check
1/4 teaspoon salt – check
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or as desired) – check
3/4 cups canned clams (or as desired) – check
1/2 cup dry white wine (I used chardonnay) – check
1/4 cup clam juice – check
1/4 cup heavy cream – check
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice – check
1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil – check
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley leaves – check
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan – check
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the linguine and cook until al dente, 8 to 9 minutes. Drain the pasta in a colander, reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid. Return the pasta to the pot and toss with the cooking liquid. Cover and set aside.
In a large, heavy saute pan or medium pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until soft, 3 minutes. Add the garlic, oregano, salt, and red pepper flakes, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the wine and clam juice and cook for 1 minute. Add the clams, cover, and cook about 5 minutes. Add the cream and lemon juice, stir well, and simmer for 1 minute. Add the cooked pasta and toss to coat. Add the extra-virgin olive oil and parsley, and toss to coat. Divide among serving bowls and top each portion with cheese. Serve immediately.
I enjoyed my version of linguine and clams immensely, and I hope that you do, too!! 😀