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A Taste of Italy – Veneto

In the USA, the word clam can be used in several different ways: one, is as a general term covering all bivalve mollusks. The word can also be used in a more limited sense, to mean bivalves which burrow in sediment, as opposed to ones which attach themselves to the substrate (for example oysters and mussels), or ones which can swim and are migratory, like scallops. In addition the word 'clam' can be used in an even more limited sense, to mean one or more species of commonly consumed marine bivalves, as in the phrase clam chowder, meaning a thick shellfish soup usually made using the hard clam. Many edible bivalves have a roughly oval shape; however, the edible razor clam has an elongated, parallel-sided shell, whose shape suggests that of an old-fashioned straight razor.

In the USA, the word clam can be used in several different ways: one, is as a general term covering all bivalve mollusks. The word can also be used in a more limited sense, to mean bivalves which burrow in sediment, as opposed to ones which attach themselves to the substrate (for example oysters and mussels), or ones which can swim and are migratory, like scallops. In addition the word clam can be used in an even more limited sense, to mean one or more species of commonly consumed marine bivalves, as in the phrase clam chowder, meaning a thick shellfish soup usually made using the hard clam. Many edible bivalves have a roughly oval shape; however, the edible razor clam has an elongated, parallel-sided shell, whose shape suggests that of an old-fashioned straight razor.

Spaghetti and Clams

Makes 4 servings

Shopping List:

  • 225 gr or ½ pound uncooked pasta
  • 55 gr or ¼ cup butter
  • 85 gr or ½ cup chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 450 gram or 2 (8 ounce) cans [chopped] clams, drained with juices reserved
  • 15 gr or ¼ cup fresh parsley, minced
  • 30 ml or 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • water
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

TO MAKE:

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Stir in onion and garlic, and cook 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent.
  3. Add clams, stirring frequently for 3 minutes, or until clams are lightly browned. Stir in parsley, olive oil, and reserved clam juice mixed with enough water to equal 475 ml or 2 cups liquid.
  4. Increase heat and bring to a low boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Serve over pasta with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.

ENJOY !

Amount Per Serving
Calories: 563
Total Fat: 27.8g
Cholesterol: 125mg
Sodium: 645mg
Total Carbs: 34g
Dietary Fiber: 1.4g
Protein: 42.9g

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