Clams Casino Pasta

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Clams Casino Pasta (Adapted from Cuisine Light)

Makes 4 servings

For the pasta:

  • Cook 8 ounces fresh pasta
  • 4 strips center-but bacon diced
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 1/3 cup chopped shallots
  • 2 Tbsp. minced fresh garlic
  • ½ Tso. Crushed red pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • Deglaze’ ½ cup white wine
  • ½ bottle clam juice
  • A box chopped tomatoes, drained
  • 2 pounds little neck clams- cedar key clams from Sarasota Seafood ( about 32 clams, scrubbed
  • Fresh lemon juice

For the topping:

  • ¼ cup fresh bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup Parmesan
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • Lemon zest

Cook the pasta as directed-drain

Cook bacon and drain on paper towel- bacon should be crisp

Add bell peppers, shallots , garlic, pepper flakes and oregano to drippings in pan. Cook for about 5 minutes

Deglaze with wine until wine nearly evaporates.

Stir in clams juice and tomoato3s

Simmer 10 minutes- add clams and simmer covered until clams open, about 15 minutes. Season clams with lemon juice pour sauce and clams over pasta

For the topping add bread crumbs, parmesan, parsley, lemon zest and bacon- sprinkle on top and serve.

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