9.06.2009

pasta with mussels & clams





1/2 a box of pasta shells
2 bunches broccoli
1 package grape tomatoes, roasted
2 lbs mussels
1 dozen littleneck clams
1 c. white wine (I used sauvignon blanc)
garlic
red pepper flakes

Roast the tomatoes: toss a pint of grape tomatoes with olive oil & coarse salt, and spread out on a rimmed baking sheet. Add some stalks of fresh thyme if you have it. Bake in a 450-degree oven for 8-10 minutes. Set aside when done.

Cook pasta in well-salted water. About 5 minutes before the pasta is done, add the broccoli to the pot.

While pasta is cooking, heat a pan with a couple of TBSP olive oil, sliced garlic & red pepper flakes, until fragrant. Add the mussels & clams, and 1 cup white wine. Cover and cook until the shells open (about 5 minutes). Keep an eye on them, because you don't want to overcook them (they're done as soon as they open).

Drain the pasta & broccoli, add to the mussels & clams, and toss. Top with the roasted tomatoes (they'll get crushed if you add them pre-tossing). Season with salt & pepper. Keep in mind that the broth will probably be pretty salty already, so taste before you season.

(made enough to stuff 3 people and have leftovers)

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This was my first time cooking mussels & clams myself, because I always felt intimidated by it (worried about food safety issues). The key is making sure they stay alive until you cook them. Turns out, it's very easy to tell:
Before cooking: discard any whose shells are open or do not shut when you tap on them.
After cooking: discard any that do NOT open.

Recipe based on watching Giada De Laurentiis.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mussles and Clams are SOOOOOO easy to cook, just follow the rules you mentioned (discard opened before cooking, discard unopened after cooking) -- and scrub well.... Giada has a great clam recipie with red sauce and pancetta -- and any white wine clam sause or mussles marinara sauce are soo easy to improvise and make.

Kate said...

I can attest to the yumminess of that meal since I was the 3rd person she mentioned - delicious! -Kate

elsquid said...

It was delicious, and so beautiful -- like an O'Keeffe!