Monday, March 25, 2013

Linguine with Clams and Broccoli in Wine Sauce

Developed March, 2013. Variation on a Family Favorite. The dish comes together very quickly, boiling the pasta being the slowest step.
4 T olive oil, divided
2 large cloves garlic, sliced thinly
3 6.5 oz cans minced or chopped clams with reserved clam juice
2 c broccoli florets cut into bite-size pieces
6 oz dry white wine

1/2 T fish sauce (optional)

1/4 c
chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 lb linguine, cooked al dente, about 7 minutes
1/3 c grated Parmesan cheese
Start four quarts of salted water to boil over high heat in a large saucepan. Arrange broccoli pieces on a plate, mist with water, season with salt, cover, and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Uncover and set aside to cool. Start the pasta cooking and heat a 12-inch stainless-steel skillet over medium. Add 3 tablespoons olive oil. When shimmering, add garlic, cook 30 seconds, and add the wine. Reduce by half, add the canned clams and clam juice, fish sauce, and the broccoli. Heat to a fast simmer and add the drained linguine, reserving some pasta water. Cook slowly, tossing gently with tongs until most of liquid is absorbed, adding reserved pasta water as needed. Drizzle on the remaining olive oil and a few drops of fish sauce. Sprinkle the cheese, and gently toss with tongs to combine. Serves 4 to 6.