Spaghetti with Clams and Mussels
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Spaghetti with Clams and Mussels

Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: First Course, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian, Pasta
Servings: 4 servings


  • 400 grams homemade spaghetti or store bought if store bought, use DeCecco brand
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup diced shallots
  • 2 stems green garlic washed and chopped
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • ½ - 1 cup homemade chicken stock
  • 12 littleneck clams
  • 12 mussels
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Place clams and mussels in a large bowl of cold water. Add 1 - 2 tbsp of salt and 1/4 cup of flour. Allow to soak for one hour, then drain and rinse under cold water.
  • Heat a large pot of water over high heat. Once boiling, season with a good amount of salt - it should taste like the sea. If using dried pasta, add it to the water now.
  • In a large skillet or saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and green garlic and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add the wine and simmer until the liquid has reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Stir in the chicken stock, clams and mussels. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring the mixture to a simmer. Cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid and cook until all the shellfish have opened, about 5 to 8 minutes. Discard any unopened shellfish.
  • Once the clams and mussels have been cooking for a minute, add the fresh pasta to the water. Cook for about 3 minutes, or until al dente.
  • Using tongs, add the cooked pasta to the pot with the clams and mussels. Stir and cook for a minute till the pasta is done. Turn off the heat and add the butter and parsley. Give it all a good stir, and serve with a crusty baguette for dipping in the sauce.