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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Kitschen Chaos: Spaghetti alla vongole

Welcome to my first post on Kitschen experimentation!

So, Originally, I was supposed to spend the holiday (Inauguration of our new President!) working and helping my boyfriend clean his studio, but then I ended up planning to make dinner and inviting over Sarah and Banj.

I was going to make pasta form scratch but impending girly time of the month makes me very lazy/cranky so I went with regular dry spaghetti noodles. Also, since Sarah decided to go pesco-veg, my once easy to create menus now take more careful planning.

Let me tell you that I am not a big fan of seafood. I don’t hate it, but I will take a nice juicy medium steak any day over shellfish, so cooking with no meat or poultry is definitely a challenge for me.

I decided to make Spaghetti alla vongole, which I found out later on-as I was cooking it-is apparently my boyfriend, Abdul’s favorite pasta dish. I mean, really? Talk about pressure. As for the Tomatoes stuffed with crab meat, It was kind of a “quick what should I stuff the tomatoes with” moment at the supermarket that led me to this invented recipe. Enoy and tell me what you think if you actually try it!

Spaghetti alla Vongole (please take note that my measurements may or may not be on point-I cook accdording to taste)

500g Spaghetti Noodles, 2 Tbs olive oil, 3 Tbs chopped garlic, 1/2 c chopped onions, 1Tbs chili flakes, 1kilo fresh clams, 1 1/2 c white wine, 2 sprigs rosemary (chopped), 1 nob butter, salt and pepper to taste

1. Cook spaghetti according to instructions on packet and reserve 1 cup of pasta water.

2. In a deep pan, saute onions, garlic, rosemary and chili flakes on low heat for a few minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

3. Add clams and white wine and allow to cook on high heat until clams open up (about
5-8 minutes) Add butter.

4. Before adding pasta, check sauce. Add salt and pepper if necessary. Then add spaghetti and toss.

Ta-dah! Easy Peasy!

Now Italian tradition says no cheese. But you don’t need to listen to them. I added half a cup of fresh parmesan before serving, and put more on the table.

Enjoy! I’ll blog about the tomatoes tomorrow!

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