Garlicky clam pasta (15 minute meal)

My dad was telling me a story recently about his college buddy, who would always cook a garlicky clam pasta whenever my dad would visit him. He was reminiscing about how tasty yet simple it was, and also budget-friendly! He then looks at me and goes, “oh! you should make this for instagram, your community will love it”. And I can see why he thinks this, it’s delicious yet comes together easily with a load of garlic, a tin of clams, some celery, and butter!

If you do try this, let me know if my dad was right!

What kind of canned clams should I use?

I used whole ocean clams that I grabbed from whole foods (the only kind I found!) but I think that tinned baby clams would work even better here. If you’ve ever been to Golden Boy Pizza in SF, this pasta reminds me of their clam + garlic pizza!

garlic clam pasta
openning can of clams

I used (for 2):

  • 2 servings of spaghetti
  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
  • 6.5 oz tin of clams, chopped (I think tinned baby clams would be even better!)
  • pat of butter
  • chili flakes
  • lemon juice
  • parsley
canned clams
adding clam juice ot pasta sauce

To make garlicky clam pasta:

  • cook pasta per package instructions, reserving 2 tbsp of pasta water
  • in a pan, heat up olive oil over medium heat
  • add in garlic and saute until fragrant ~1 minute
  • then add in celery and chili flakes and saute for another 2 minutes, seasoning with salt
  • add in clam juice from the tin of clams and add 2 tbsp pasta water and simmer for 5 mninutes
  • toss in clams and stir, then toss in the spaghetti and let simmer until sauce is well-coated
  • finish off with a pat of butter, squeeze of lemon juice, and parsley
  • enjoy your garlicky clam pasta!

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