Today is National Linguine Day

Mama Mia! Today is National Linguine Day! Popularly served with clams, linguine, with its flat and thin noodle shape is an excellent substitute for spaghetti. It’s thicker than spaghetti, but thinner than fettuccine noodles. According to Punchbowl, “Linguine, which means “little tongues” in Italian, originates from the Liguria region of Italy.”

Vary it up today on your menu and swap out spaghetti and fettuccine noodles for their linguine cousin!

I saw this recipe on the Early Show years ago and have enjoyed making it ever since! Use your culinary creativity to make this your restaurants unique dish!

Linguine with White Clam Sauce (serves 4)

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced thin
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup bottled clam stock
  • 1½ pounds littleneck clams, scrubbed
  • 2 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound linguine, cooked to al dente
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped oregano
  • 1 loaf crusty bread, sliced

1. Heat oil in a medium stockpot over high heat. Add garlic and cook for a minute.
2. Add crushed red pepper and cook for a few seconds.
3. Add white wine and clam stock and cook until the mixture reduces by half, about 3 minutes.
4. Add the clams, cover the pot and cook until the clams open. Discard any that do not.
5. Remove the clams with a slotted spoon to a bowl.
6. Bring the liquid that the clams have cooked in to a boil over high heat and cook until reduced by half. Add the butter and cook until melted, season with salt and pepper.
7. Stir in the pasta, parsley and oregano until combined. Return the clams to the pasta. Plate in large shallow bowls and serve with lots of sliced bread.

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