Linguini with Clam SAUCE

Ingredients:

 

2-3 dozen clams

extra virgin olive oil

3-4 cloves garlic

white wine

water

crushed red pepper

1 lb linguine

fresh chopped parsley

salt and pepper to taste

grated parmigiano or pecorino romano cheese

Directions:

 

Coat large saute pan with olive oil.  Add garlic and cook until fragrant.  Add clams, wine, parsley, and water, if needed.  Cover and cook until clams open.

 

While clams are cooking, cook pasta until "al dente."

 

Once clams open, remove clam meat from shells - return clam meat to pan and discard the shells.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Add pasta to clam sauce, toss to combine.  Serve with grated cheese and crusty Italian bread.