Here is another fast recipe for a weeknight dinner. This pasta dish takes a few of my favorite things and pulls them together in one great dish: clams, tomatoes, and the almighty bacon. It’s quick and easy and tastes very fresh.
Since I live in Hawaii, and am very far removed from the wonderful, briny cold water seafood of New England, I have to make due with some substitutions. Ideally, this would be a summer dish and I would use fresh clams and tomatoes ripe from the garden. Here in Hawaii, not so easy but I did find that frozen clams are an acceptable replacement in a dish where texture is not the main focus. I can get wonderful fresh tomatoes but, today, I didn’t have the time. I just looked into the my cupboard to see what I had on hand to make it work. Some crushed tomatoes were a suitable fix to my problem. Even with these little substitutions, this pasta turned out fresh and salty and hearty just like I was craving. Sometimes you really can have what you want!
Since this is a fast weeknight dinner, I will make this a fast weeknight blog post. No need to keep you reading forever. Go get cooking!
Linguine with Clams, Tomatoes, and Bacon
- ¼ lb bacon
- 4 cloves garlic, crushed
- 3/4 cup white wine
- 1 cup crushed tomatoes
- ¼ lb chopped clams
- ⅓ cups chopped parsley
- red pepper flakes
- ½ lb linguine
- Cook the pasta until al dente in salted boiling water*
- Meanwhile, Cook bacon; remove from pan
- Cook garlic in the bacon pan for 30 seconds; add wine and tomatoes; simmer, partially covered, for 10 minutes; add clams, bacon, parsley, and red pepper; simmer 30 seconds
- Add finished sauce to hot pasta; allow to sit for 2 to 3 minutes to absorb sauce
*If you cook the pasta beforehand, save a little of the bacon fat and toss it into the pasta to keep it from sticking together