Although this is a dish one can find in Venice today, it is essentially a recipe from the south, around Naples. “Things move around more now than they did when I was growing up,” Francesco says. “And with the wonderful clams we have in Venice, there’s no reason we shouldn’t enjoy a dish like this.” Although clams are delicious when steamed open in white wine, Francesco does not use wine in a sauce for pasta because he finds it makes the pasta taste sour. “The water from cooking the pasta is a better liquid to use,” he advises.

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Linguine With Broccoli Rabe, Clams, And Hot Pepper

Course Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp (45 ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 bunch broccoli, chopped and stems removed
  • 8 ounces (250 g) cockles, Manila or littleneck clams
  • 8 ounces (250 g) linguine
  • Hot red pepper flakes to taste

Instructions

  • Bring a pot with 4 quarts (4 L) of water to a boil for the linguine.
  • Meanwhile heat the oil in a heavy 3-quart saucepan. Add the garlic, cook for a minute, then stir in the broccoli rabe. When the rabe has wilted, stir in the clams, cover, and cook over low heat until they have opened, about 10 minutes.
  • When the water for the linguine is boiling add the pasta, stir it, and cook until it is al dente, about 8 minutes.
  • Drain the pasta, reserving about 2 cups (500 ml) of the cooking water, and return the pasta to the pot.
  • Stir about a cup (250 ml) of the pasta cooking liquid in with the clams, then transfer the clams and broccoli rabe to the pot with the linguine.
  • Mix the ingredients well.
  • Add more liquid from the linguine if necessary.
  • Sprinkle with hot red pepper flakes and serve.

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