Spaghetti alle vongole

Spaghetti alle vongole

This meal always looks impressive but is so simple to make and only takes twenty minutes. Perfect for sprucing up your midweek meals or serving guests at your next party.
  • Time 20minutes
  • Serves 4
  • Difficulty Easy


  • 750g-1kg Palourde clams
  • 275g spaghetti
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large banana shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 fresh red chilli, deseeded and finely sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 175ml white wine
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 large bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped


  1. Cook the spaghetti in boiling salted water according to the packet instructions, then drain.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over a high heat in a wide, deep pan with a lid. Add the shallots and chilli to the pan and fry for 2 minutes, stirring, then add the garlic and fry for 10 seconds. Tip in the clams and stir everything together.
  3. Pour in the wine and bring to the boil for 2 minutes, then cover with the lid and boil for 2–3 minutes until all the clams have opened (discard any that don’t open).
  4. Add the drained pasta to the clams, season well with salt and pepper and toss together. Stir through the lemon juice and parsley and drizzle over the remaining oil.
  5. Serve the clams at once while piping hot, spooning over the cooking liquor at the end. Don’t forget to put out extra bowls for the discarded shells.

(Recipe from Quick Cooking - Mary Berry)

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