Spaghetti vongole

Spaghetti vongole

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About this recipe: Spaghetti vongole is an Italian classic consisting simply of spaghetti, clams and few other basic ingredients. Ready in about 20 minutes; dinner does not get easier or more delicious than this!


Serves: 4 

  • 250g spaghetti or linguine
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, halved lengthways
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped dried chilli pepper, seeded
  • 1kg freshwater clams
  • 120ml dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:7min  ›  Ready in:17min 

  1. Bring a saucepan of lightly salted water to the boil over a high heat. Add the pasta and cook according to the instructions on the packet, or until al dente. Drain.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a lidded saucepan over a medium heat. Add the garlic and chilli pepper and cook and stir for a few minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside on a plate.
  3. Add the clams to the pan and pour in the wine, shake the pan to ensure the clams heat through evenly. Cover and cook on a high heat until they fully open, about 4 to 6 minutes (discard the unopened ones).
  4. To the pan, add the cooked and still warm pasta, butter, and mix. Season to taste then sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve immediately.

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