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Spaghetti Vongole

Extract from The Tucci Table • By Stanley Tucci and Felicity Blunt • Published by Gallery Books


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45 mins

The Tucci Table

There used to be a restaurant at the Museum of Modern Art in New York called Sette Moma that overlooked the peaceful oasis of the sculpture garden. I would often go there to write, as they were kind enough to let me stay at a table for long periods of time and order very little. Without fail, I would have this dish. I loved the way they prepared it: with a touch of fresh tomato and peperoncini. The restaurant is gone now but the owner, Gianfranco Sorrentino, still has two wonderful restaurants in New York, Il Gattopardo on East 54th Street and The Leopard on West 67th, where this dish is still served.

Look for the small vongole (clams) at the fish market, as they are the sweetest. In England, they are known as Palourde or Poole clams.

Serves 4

Posted by Orion Books Published See Orion Books's 81 projects » © 2021 Stanley Tucci / Gallery Books · Reproduced with permission. · THE TUCCI TABLE by Stanley Tucci & Felicity Blunt with Kay Plunkett-Hogge is published by Orion Books as a hardback & eBook, priced £25/£12.99. Photography (c) Toby Lockerbie
  • Step 1

    First, clean the clams, discarding any with broken shells or that won’t close when you tap them. Place them in a large bowl of cold water with the cornmeal for about half an hour. Then drain and rinse to wash away any grit or sand.

  • Step 2

    Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the spaghetti according to the instructions on the package

  • Step 3

    Meanwhile, in a heavy-bottomed sauté pan, heat the olive oil over low heat. Add the garlic and the peperoncini, and cook until the garlic is fragrant but not colored. Raise the heat to medium and add the clams, shaking the pan and stirring to coat them in the oil and garlic.

  • How to cook a pasta Vongole dish. Spaghetti Vongole - Step 4
    Step 4

    Add a good amount of salt and ground pepper. Add the parsley and toss to coat the clams once more. Put the lid on. Cover the pan and cook, shaking the pan every so often until the clams are open and cooked, about 3 minutes. Discard any that do not open.

  • How to cook a pasta Vongole dish. Spaghetti Vongole - Step 5
    Step 5

    When the pasta and the clams are done, drain the spaghetti, and put it in the pan with the clams, and toss it through. Garnish with a little extra chopped fresh parsley and serve at once.

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