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Linguine with Squid and Clams Recipe

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Mixed seafood linguine pasta with squid or shrimp and clams is flavored with saffron, wine, ginger, and tomatoes for a dish sure to please family and friends.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 30 Manilla clams or 20 hard-shell clams, scrubbed
  • 2 Tablespoons dry white wine or water
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sliced (1/4-inch) onions
  • Salt
  • 6 to 8 ounces dried linguine
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon (or more to taste) grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
  • 2 cleaned squid, cut into 1/2-inch rings, tentacles halved if large, or 10 deveined shelled medium shrimp
  • 1 cup diced (1/2-inch) fresh tomatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped cilantro

Preparation:

Heat 1/2 cup wine in a large saute pan over high heat. Add the clams, cover, and steam until opened, shaking the pan a few times. Remove the clams with a slotted spoon and let stand until cool enough to handle. Strain the cooking liquid through cheesecloth. Remove the clams from their shells, place in a bowl, and cover with the strained liquid.

Heat a large pot of salted water to boiling.

Heat 2 tablespoons wine or water in a small pan, add the saffron, and let steep.

Heat the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent. Stir in the saffron infusion and cook for a minute or two until the onions take on the saffron flavor and hue.

Add the linguine pasta to the boiling water and cook until al dente.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add the ginger and garlic and cook a minute or two. Stir in the squid, clams with their liquid, onion, and tomatoes. Cook, stirring contstantly, until the squid is cooked through. Stir in the cilantro.

Drain the pasta and transfer to a pasta bowl. Add the sauce and quickly toss to combine. Serve hot.

Yield: 2 servings

Recipe Source: The Mediterranean Kitchen by Joyce Goldstein (William Morrow)
Reprinted with permission.

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