Pasta with Clams & Shallots
Here is another recipe from my Pasta Cookbook due out in the Fall of 2022. I have a few Pasta and Clam recipes, this one has a few more ingredients than my go-to Clam and pasta recipe, which is also in the book - enjoy.
30 to 36 Little Neck Clams, in shell, cleaned well, and on ice. Do not place in iced water; you will shock and kill them. Best to keep them in a metal bowl set in another bowl with ice in the refrigerator.
1 pound of any dried pasta
2 cups of dry white wine
1 cup of fresh grated sheep Romano cheese
1 jar of clam Juice, Organic (8oz jar)
6 to 8 cloves of garlic - minced
10 shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
Bunch of fresh Thyme leaves removed from stems (about 1/3 of a cup)
Bunch of fresh Marjoram leaves removed from stems (about 1/3 of a cup)
Bunch of fresh Italian parsley chopped
4 tablespoons of Earth Balance
2 Tablespoons of olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
Heat oil over medium heat, add garlic, and reduce to very low heat in a very large saucepot. Infuse oil with garlic for about 1 minute. Add earth balance to the pot; once completely melted, add shallots. Cover and simmer over low heat for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
With a few minutes to go on the shallot, heat salted water for the pasta in another large pot.
After 30 minutes now, add the wine, clam juice, Thyme, Marjoram, salt, and pepper to taste and simmer for at least another 5 minutes; once the pasta water is rapidly boiling, turn the heat up on the shallots to high.
Now drop the dried pasta into the salted water and the clams into the shallots. Keep the shallots covered and boil clams and shallots for about 5 or minutes until all clams are open. Stir every few minutes to transfer the clams from top to bottom.
Once calms are open lower heat to low, remove pasta and drain and add pasta to the pot with the shallots and clams. Add cheese and toss.
Transfer the pasta, clams, and shallot sauce to a large serving bowl and add chopped parsley.