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Linguine alle Vongole


1 lb linguine

3 tbsp butter

3 Calabrian chili peppers, minced

1 cup chicken broth

1/2 cup white wine

1/2 small fennel bulb, finely chopped, plus 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fennel fronds for garnish

4 garlic cloves

1 lemon zested

2 pounds littleneck clams

kosher salt and pepper to taste

2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves


Bring a large pot to a boil with salt. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions, drain well.

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Add garlic and calabrian chili peppers, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the white wine. Reduce the wine for 1 minute. Stir in the chicken broth. Chicken broth gives it a buttery personality. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Bring to a boil and reduce heat and simmer for about 1-2 mins. Add the clams and lemon zest. Cover with a tight fitting lid and cook until the clams have opened, 5-8 mins. Discard any unopened clams. Add in the fennel when the clams have opened, cover again and let the fennel soften.

Stir in the pasta. Toss with sauce 2 to 3 mins, until pasta is al dente and has absorbed some of the sauce and flavor. Add parsley and fennel fronds. Serve with bread for mopping up remaining juices.


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