I love clams and I should definitely eat them more often. They are so easy and quick to cook. To keep the cooking time short for this recipe, I used fresh pasta and dried spices. So no cutting onions and garlic. You can skip on the bacon if you are vegetarian and use a bit of smoked paprika for extra flavor. Perfect comfort food for a lazy day.
500grs of scrubbed cockles, clams or vongole
250grs of fresh spaghetti or the pasta of your choice
150gr of chopped bacon
200grs of crème fraiche
200ml of cream
3/4 teaspoon of onion powder
3/4 teaspoon of garlic
3/4 teaspoon of celery salt
Pinch of cayenne
Kernels of 2 corns on the cob
100grs of baby spinach
5 tablespoons of chopped chives
Rinse the clams under cold water for a couple of minutes. Discard of any that are open and don’t close when you tap them.
Place the chopped bacon in a large pan over medium heat. Stir from time to time until it is fully cooked. Then add the crème fraiche, cream and spices
Mix well until the crème fraiche has dissolved into a sauce.
In the meanwhile, cook the pasta as instructed on the package.
Add the corn and clams to the sauce. Cover the pan with a lid until the clams open. This will take about 3-4 minutes. Discard of any that didn’t open. Then add the spinach, cover it with a lid for 1 extra minute so that it wilts faster. Mix well and then add the cooked pasta.
Mix well so that the pasta is covered in the sauce. Taste for salt. Serve straight away and enjoy!