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Spaghetti Con Vongole

I recently joined Costco and to my delight discovered they sell packages of snap frozen fresh clams in the shell.  I adore these delicious little bivalves and always love the way the dish of pasta looks with the little shells peeking out.  After some investigating on the Internet, I realised my idea of how to cook them was the same as everyone else – keep it simple and quick.  Well it doesn’t get much quicker than this!

The wine and the natural juice that comes out of the clams created a lovely tangy sauce which the spaghetti just soaks up.  This is my very favourite recipe at the moment – I made enough for three people thinking one of us would have a quick lunch the next day but we scoffed the lot!  Both sitting at the table with olive oil and clam juice running down our chins – heaven…

The Costco clams are Westhaven Littleneck New Zealand clams and they are fabulous…

Spaghetti Con Vongole


Dry spaghetti

1 good lug of olive oil

2 cloves of garlic grated

1 long red chilli finely

1/2 glass of white wine

1 package of frozen clams

Salt & pepper

Continental parsley finely chopped for garnish


Bring large pot of well salted water to the boil

When you have added the spaghetti start to cook the clams

Gently fry the olive oil, garlic and finely sliced chilli in a large non-stick pan

Gently tip in the clams and white wine and turn up the heat

Put a lid on the pan – it’s easier with a glass one so you can see the action

When the clams start to open – this can take between 2-10 minutes – turn down the heat to a simmer until the spaghetti is ready

Season to taste with salt and pepper and throw in the parsley

To serve, drain the spaghetti and gently tip the clams and all the lovely juices into the pot and toss together

Serve piping hot


Bon Appetit!  🙂

Spaghetti with Clams

This recipe came to me from an Italian girl I met 32 years ago.  My husband worked with her husband and we went to their house to adopt a German Shepherd pup. Invited to stay for lunch, I watched as my new friend quickly prepared this most delicious pasta.  It had been in her family for years and I having been cooking it exactly the same way for the past 32 years…

The quantities given here are for two greedy people…


I large handful of spaghetti or linguine

1 jar of baby Clams drained (I get these in a small glass jar from Thomas Dux Grocers)

1 tub of tomato paste

1 clove of garlic (grated)

1 finely chopped onion

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 teaspoon of Sambal Oelek (or one fresh chilli)

2 teaspoons of chicken stock powder (I use Massel brand)

1 generous cup of water

1 good pinch of sugar

salt & pepper to taste

fresh parmesan cheese

Grated tasty cheese (optional)


Boil the spaghetti in plenty of salted water until al dente

While the spaghetti is cooking, fry the onions, garlic and chilli in olive oil under the onion is transparent

Add drained baby clams and stir in to the onion mixture

Sprinkle over the stock powder and stir again until combined

Add water and tomato paste and stir until smooth – it will be a little thin but will cook down as it simmers

Add in a good pinch of sugar

Season with salt & pepper to taste

When the spaghetti is almost ready, ladle out a little of the water into the sauce if it starts to look too thick.

When spaghetti is ready, drain and add the sauce and toss well to combine.

I often put a sprinkling of grated cheese in the bottom of the bowl before I put in the pasta – it goes all lovely and gooey – we call it Spaghetti Surprise!

Serve with parmesan cheese on top

Bon Appetit!

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