Pasta with Fresh Clam Sauce
Why This Recipe Works
We wanted to find just the right proportions of just the right ingredients for the best clam sauce recipe possible. We used a combination of tender but expensive littlenecks in the pasta and cheaper quahogs for the clam juice we’d need in the sauce. As for the method, we cooked the littlenecks first, just until they gave up their juices, then removed them from the pan (when overcooked, clams get tough). We then recombined the clams with the sauce at the end of cooking just enough to reheat them. For flavor, we thought we needed an acid ingredient in our clam sauce recipe. White wine, as well as just a little diced tomato (which also helped to color the dish), did the job.