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Linguine and Clams

Linguine and Clams

Makes 4 servings.

16 ounces linguine
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves . chopped
4 6.5 oz cans chopped clams in juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
12 small clams like manila or tiny littleneck . scrubbed
1/2 cup whipping cream

Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain pasta. Meanwhile, heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add canned clams with juice, basil, tarragon, and parsley. Add fresh clams. cover; reduce heat to medium and cook until clams open, about 6 minutes. Larger clams may take a minute or two longer to cook. Using tongs, transfer fresh clams to plate (discard any clams that do not open). Add cooked pasta and cream to sauce in skillet. Toss over medium-high heat until sauce coats pasta, about 1 minute. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide pasta between bowls. top with fresh clams and serve.

Bon Appetit . February 2005

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