Easy Clam Spaghetti
Before I share this fabulously easy recipe for Clam Spaghetti, I have to take a moment to tell you about the craziness that was Feast PDX. I know I can exagerate at times, but this food event actually was insane. I’m talking ate-and-drank-my-heart-out, met the coolest food-industry people, and all around partied for 3-days -type of craziness. The best kind, really. So crazy, in fact, that I didn’t really have time to recover before I was off to my next set of adventures.
One of the highlights of the event was the live Whole Foods Market Fishmonger Face-off, where fishmongers (a butcher of seafood, in case you didn’t know) from across the country competed on presentation, craftsmanship and swagger in knife work. It was really something to see. After this inspiring show, Whole Foods invited me out to meet their local seafood team, where I walked away with 2 pounds of fresh manila clams. If you’re a shellfish person, good news: it’s officially clam season, and crab season is right around the corner. [Note: Salmon season is winding down, per my sad face below]
There are a ton of complex seafood dishes out there, but one of my all-time favorites (and my go to) is a simple clam spaghetti. It’s simple for 2 reasons: 1) it has less than 10 ingredients – most of which you probably already have in your house, and 2) it takes no time at all to whip this dish together.
I’ve been making this dish for years, and traditionally have gone really light on the olive oil (and no butter at all). But I have a whole new take on pasta after being in Italy. So bring on the butter and the shellfish… YOLO, as the kids these days say.
Shout out to Whole Foods and John the butcher for being great hosts!
Whole Foods provided a $50 gift card but did not compensate me for this post. All opinions are my own.