Spaghetti and Clams in White Wine Sauce for two

Living in New England, I am fortunate to have access to the freshest seafood. Hard to believe in 2021, an old fashion fish monger truck sells fish and seafood straight off the dock at our seasonal summer market. And this winter, after the market closed, the company is delivering weekly to our town. I just place the order on Monday, for a Wednesday delivery!

I don’t have time most weeknights to prepare elaborate meals. Instead, I serve meals prepared in under thirty minutes, or I defrost and reheat something I made ahead on a leisurely weekend.

One of my favorite easy dinners for two is Spaghetti and Clams in a light white wine sauce. I like to use meaty count neck clams, married with wine and herbs for a lusciously delightful taste.

Dinner in under thirty minutes!


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.



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