Dinner for two can be a challenge especially after cooking for a large family as you find it hard to scale down the ingredients and portions. One of the many reasons I like to use pasta or rice as a base then add to create a delicious dinner for two. Seafood lends well to dinner for two. In this meal I used count neck clams which are meaty and flavorful marrying with wine and seasonings for a lusciously delightful taste.
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 shallot, minced
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
1 cup dry white wine
pinch of saffron
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 pound count neck clams, well scrubbed
4 ounces thin spaghetti, cook according to package
In a saute pan add olive oil, garlic, shallot and thyme. Saute on medium heat for 8-10 minutes, garlic and shallots should be translucent, not browned. Add wine, saffron, salt and pepper simmering for 5 minutes. Add clams, cover, continue to cook for 5-10 minutes. All the clams should be open, discard any that aren’t. Pour over cooked pasta. Serve with fresh grated Parmesan cheese.