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This recipe is courtesy of Tyler Florence, and all I can say is… THANK YOU TYLER! I knew this was going to be good the first time I saw him make it. I love how rustic it’s made. Every thing’s made in a huge roasting pan, the kind you’d make a turkey in. It fits 5 lbs. of clams and a pound of pasta, and everything else just fine! Plenty of room for the clams to open up and spread out!

My trip to Costco on Saturday really convinced me into making this dish. They happen to have the best littleneck clams there, flown in fresh every week from the North Atlantic ocean, and fresh they were!

40 littleneck clams ( 5 lbs.)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
10 garlic clove, smashed with the back of a knife ( Yes 10!!!)
1/4 lb. pancetta, small dice
Handful of fresh basil
Red pepper flakes
1/4 cup of white wine (I used more)
2 pints of cherry tomatoes ( I bought the big container from Costco)
Lots of fresh ground pepper
1 lb. spaghetti
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. ( I raised it to 425)
Make sure clams are cleaned and discard any that are open. In the meantime get your water boiling for your spaghetti.

On top of stove put your roasting pan over 2 burners. Add oil, garlic, pancetta, red pepper, cook till pancetta renders. Add the clams, wine, tomatoes, and a good amount of pepper and toss all together. Transfer pan into the oven and roast till clams open up. The recipe said about 10 min. but it took mine about 1/2 hr. or so, maybe because of the size of the clams. The key is wait till they open!

When clams do open, throw your cooked pasta right into the same roasting pan to soak up all the good juices and intense flavors. Garnish with fresh basil leaves, lots of pepper, and an extra drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil.

Make sure you have some good crusty bread to soak up the juices too. I highly recommend this! You will not be disappointed!

Buon Appetito!
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  1. I can’t find the video of him making this dish. Help?! I’m hella hungry for this now!

  2. I just saw this episode. This looks great!

  3. This looks incredible!!! Thanks for this amazing recipe!

  4. Super lovely recipe!
    This is one of those recipe, I miss from my mum’s cooking! If youe take awayt he pepper flakes, it is essentially the same!

  5. Wow! That is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen! This dish has moved straight to the top of my “to cook” list.

  6. So beautiful dish Marie, wonderful!!! so appetizer!!! xxGloria

  7. This is SOOO us! Thank you! I now know what I can prepare for your Festa…. I’m not telling, but it’s an appetizer from the sea.

    Again, thanks for this recipe, seriously. We have to carbo-load my son before each swim meet & I cannot express enough how “done” I am with spaghetti & meatballs. When the butcher starts your order before you tell him what you want, there’s a problem.

  8. Wow! It looks fabulous and then when you add clams and pancetta together, you can’t lose!

  9. This looks devine Marie!

  10. Complimenti!!!!!!!!!
    are you italian?
    ciao a presto Pippi

  11. How Beautiful Marie,
    That is one gorgeous picture! MMMm is all I can say!

  12. Thank you everyone, I love reading all your comments. You must try this recipe! Tyler has a good thing going on here!

  13. Slurp!!!! Tyler is always a guarantee!! But your execution is just perfect!

  14. This is the best kind of messy eating food. Slurp it up and wash it down with plenty of chilled Italian white wine. Perfetto. A pity we are land locked here in Umbria and this kind of pasta sauce is hard to come by but I know a good fresh fish counter in one of the larger supermarkets so I can have a go at home. Thanks for stopping by our blog.

  15. By the way how do you get your pics so big?

  16. You are a culinary genius!!!! I am so graving this now.

  17. Oh yum! I am definitely going to make this!
    Thanks for posting the recipe ..

  18. I love this dish! Definitely putting it on my list.
    Your photos are terrific too!

  19. DAMN that looks good–perfect to go with that great bread before it’s gone. Yum, what a great idea and great flavors.

  20. Yeah Tyler!!! He always has the ULTIMATE in flavours and ideas. Kudos!

  21. wow this indeed so delicious! I had been eating the similar clams fresh, I got to say they are lovely! sweet and yummy!

  22. i’ve always stir fired clams … never baked them. These look so nice, and surely irresistible.My mouth is watering now 🙂

  23. when you will come in Italy they give you many sfogliatelle made from me

  24. this plate is my preferred , very good

  25. That looks incredibly beautiful Marie! Those pictures are fabulous!

  26. I LOVE clams and adore them with linguine!! I think I ate this dish everyday when we were in Positano a couple of years back!! I normally make it the traditional way but this is a really nice alternative which I’m going to try the next time!!

  27. Your pasta with clams looks scrumptious. My mother would have gone ga-ga over that dish; she adored clams. Unfortunately my husband doesn’t like them, so I don’t really see this dish in my future, but it’s nice to live (eat) vicariously!

  28. I love everything about this dish! Everything! I’ll bring the bread 😉

  29. Tyler may have been the one to turn you on to this recipe, but I think that you’ve done the recipe 10x the justice! I’m just admiring that first image on my monitor and thinking….“Will this dish be on the Festa Italiana event!?”


  30. This looks absolutely delicious, and now I’m craving seafood at 7am!

  31. Why are you making me want to drive up to Costco and get me some clams woman!I was eyeing some clams this evening in China Town and wish I had ordered it, and now this!

  32. Wow, that looks so good. No clams at Costco here, sigh.

  33. Now you’ve done it…now I want a second dinner!

    Lent is coming up for us Greeks and this would definitely make me forget meat.

    Bravo Maria!


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