Spicy Tonnarelli with Clams

Spicy Tonnarelli with Clams. Photo © John Kernick
Photo: © John Kernick
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 ounce hot coppa or soppressata, cut into 1/4-inch dice ( 1/4 cup)

  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 6 tablespoons dry white wine

  • 32 Manila or littleneck clams, scrubbed

  • 3/4 pound tonnarelli or linguine

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons each of thinly sliced mint and basil


  1. In a deep skillet, heat the oil. Add the coppa, garlic and crushed red pepper and cook over moderately low heat until the garlic is golden, 1 1/2 minutes. Add the wine and bring to a boil over moderately high heat. Add the clams, cover and cook for 5 to 8 minutes; as the clams open, transfer them to a covered bowl.

  2. In a pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta until almost al dente. Drain, reserving 3/4 cup of the cooking water. Add the pasta to the skillet. Stir in the cooking water over low heat, tossing until the pasta is al dente, 1 minute. Season with black pepper. Add the clams to the pasta, garnish with the herbs and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Crisp Verdicchio.

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