Pasta with clams in red wine sauce |

Pasta with clams in red wine sauce

The first time I cooked pasta with clams, I used white wine. I didn’t know the proper name for the dish but some readers supplied that information generously. Spaghetti alla Vongole. This pasta with clams dish was cooked with red wine. I don’t know if it still falls within the Alla Vongole definition but I have to say it was good. It was the second pasta dish that I cooked a couple of days ago when I made the pasta with prawns in creamy garlic sauce for my husband and kids.

This dish was inspired by Mario Batali’s Steamed Cockles in a Habañero Chive Broth (Vongole al Vapore con Peperoncino di Jamaica e Hierba Cippollina) in the Celebrity Italian Table Cookbook. Batali’s is a soup dish; I decided to reduce the liquid until thick then I poured the clams with the sauce over cooked pasta.

Pasta with clams in red wine sauce
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Serves: 4 to 6
  • 200 g. of uncooked pasta
  • 500 g. of fresh clams (soaked and washed)
  • half a head of garlic, peeled and finely minced
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • ⅛ c. of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 (14 oz.) can of stewed tomatoes
  • a large bunch of fresh basil, tough stalks discarded (or about a tablespoonful of dried basil)
  • 2 c. of red wine (I used semi-sweet)
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp. of sugar
  1. Soak the clams in water for several hours, changing the water often. Wash the clams under running water until no trace of sand remains. Discard the clams that remain unopened.
  2. Heat the olive oil. Add the garlic and onion; cook until they start to soften. Pour in the stewed tomatoes, breaking up large chunks. Pour in the red wine. Add the basil leaves. Season with salt, pepper and sugar. Simmer until the sauce has been reduced to half and has slightly thickened, about 20 minutes. Add the clams. Simmer for about five minutes. Adjust the seasonings if necessary.
  3. While the sauce simmers, cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  4. Place the cooked pasta in individual bowls or plates. Ladle the clams and sauce over the pasta. Garnish with grated parmesan if you prefer.

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Hello, my name is Connie Veneracion. I cook, I shoot, I write. But I don't do the laundry. I don't like housekeeping very much either... (more about me)

10 Responses

  1. kai says:

    Hello! :) I found you on Vongolle means small clams so yes, it’s still alla Vongolle! I am going to link you because 1) you’re filipino and 2) you cook!!

  2. Connie says:

    Hello, Kai. :)

  3. Jet says:

    Wow! Meatless pasta! I’ve been meatless for almost a month. Thanks Connie. I’m bookmarking this. :)

  4. Armellee Valencia says:

    Hi Connie… try Sisig Hooray!!! Sarap ng bangus sisig nila…

  5. ac says:

    regarding the sisig from sisig hooray, armelle..

    i had a bad experience with sisig hooray kahapon lang. my friend and i were eating sisig there (robinson’s galleria) and we were so happy about how yummy it was.niyaya ko sha dun kasi nakakain ako dun once at natuwa ako sa chiken sisig.binida ko pa sa friend ko na mura dun pero okay talaga ung timpla.

    we decided to order some rice pa kasi bitin ung almost half cup na ata na rice nila. my friend ordered two extra rice but nobody attended to it (there were four people there and one of them was not doing anything). after some time, mga after 3minutes, my friend repeated her order. and one of the guys told her, “ma’am sandali lang, mabibigyan naman kayo eh.”
    when my friend got back to our table, mukang offended talaga sha kasi nafeel daw nya na pasimple daw na nangpahiya yung guy. so i said, don’t worry about it, let’s find na lang their contact details and send them some feedback about their crew.

    continue na lang kami sa pagkain, i gave her my last bite of chicken sisig kasi i wanted her to try it since she ordered pork.

    heto na.

    she discreetly spat/spitted out a piece of “meat” and placed it on the styro plate. she said, “um..karton ba to?”
    i couldnt tell at first kasi it was brown and a little flaky, so i decided to pick it up despite of her protests (it’s been in her mouth after all).

    it’s an effing piece of karton T__T
    naubos ko na ung order, ang saya diba.
    i took pictures using my phone and when i showed it to my coworkers this morning, they were so disgusted kasi it really looks like a piece of cooked flaky meat.

    the busboy who was mopping the floor was intrigued with what we were doing so he was looking narin at the “meat”. i told him, “karton, manong. nakuha ko sa sisig.jan s sisig hooray. Grr.” mukang hindi pa sha maniniwala so i held it with my two hands and tore it. nanlaki ang mata nya nung nakita nya yung texture ng papel na pinupunit. pag-alis namin, he showed our plate to another busboy.

    sabi nung friend ko, pag sinabi daw namin dun sa store, baka awayin lang kami at sabihin na we’re just trying to get back at them dahil napahiya yung friend ko sa remark nung rude guy.

    pero ako ung nakakain nun noh, at malay ko ba kung nasa ibang sisig din nila yun. i can’t just let it go ng walang nasasabihan.
    when i got home, about 40minutes nang nakalipas, i drank three glasses of water and stuck my index finger down my throat.
    di na ko kakain dun T__T

    un lang po. salamat sa space :-(

  6. odette says:

    PAPANSIN KA Ba………….?????????
    dats all folks!

    tnx sa space

  7. killthewiseman says:

    Dati po syang employee c “ac” sa sisig hooray pero tinanggal kaya galit… pinakalat nya sa lahat na yata ng blogsite ang reklamo nya pero parang copy/paste lang naman?
    Papansin nga!

  8. Alunsina Nunez says:

    mmmm. this looks delicious. i have excess tomatoes that im trying to get rid off that’s why i got to this recipe.

    the photo looks so mouth watering.

  9. Dominique says:

    Made your clam and red wine pasta last night… Oh my word!!!! Absolutely delicious!!!!

    Johannesburg, South Africa

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