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Fusilli with Clam Sauce

Makes: 6  servings Prep 25 mins Cook 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 dozen littleneck clams, scrubbed, or 2 cans * (10 oz. each) baby clams plus 1 bottle (8 oz.) clam juice
  • 2/3 cup  white wine
  • 2 tablespoons  olive oil
  • 1 cup  chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon  minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons  chopped fresh thyme or 3/4 teaspoon dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon  red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon  butter, optional
  • 1 pound  fusilli, cooked according to package directions
  • 2 tablespoons  chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Directions

1. Combine fresh clams and wine in large Dutch oven. Cover and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-high and cook 7 to 9 minutes until clams open. (Discard any unopened clams.) Uncover pot and set aside.

2. Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook 3 minutes, until lightly browned. Add garlic, thyme, salt, and red pepper; cook 30 seconds more. Swirl in 1 tablespoon butter, if using canned clams.

3. Remove clams from shells and chop coarsely; set aside and discard shells. Pour clam liquid through large sieve lined with double layer of cheesecloth into onion mixture. Add chopped clams and bring to boil. Transfer half the clam sauce to a large bowl; add hot pasta and toss. Divide pasta among 6 serving bowls. Spoon remaining sauce over top; sprinkle with parsley. Makes 6 servings.

Note

*For canned clams:
  • Omit step #1. Drain juice from clams and reserve juice from clams in separate bowls. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook 3 minutes, until lightly browned. Add garlic, thyme, salt, and red pepper; cook 30 seconds more. Add wine and bring to boil; boil 30 seconds. Add reserved clam juice and bottle of clam juice; bring to boil and boil 5 minutes. Add reserved clams and 1 tablespoon butter or margarine and cook until heated through, 1 minute more. Transfer half the clam sauce to a large serving bowl; add hot pasta and toss. Spoon remaining sauce over top; sprinkle with parsley.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings Per Recipe 6
  • cal.(kcal)405,
  • Fat, total(g)7,
  • chol.(mg)26,
  • sat. fat(g)1,
  • carb.(g)62,
  • pro.(g)20,
  • sodium(mg)243,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet