Lidia's Linguini With Broccoli and Clam Sauce

Total Time
1hr
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

I am posting this recipe by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich by request of one of the members of the Italian cooking forum. I have never had a chance to try it myself but it looks and sounds fabulous, just like everything Lidia prepares on her TV show. I am guessing about the preparation time so if anyone tries this recipe, please let me know how long it took to prepare!

Directions

  1. Cook the broccoli in a large saucepan of boiling salted water for 2 minutes, then drain and cool under cold running water.
  2. Drain well and then chop coarsely.
  3. Scrub and shuck the clams, reserving the liquid.
  4. Strain the liquid, chop the clams, and combine them with the liquid.
  5. Bring 6 quarts of salted water to a boil over high heat and add the linguini.
  6. Return to a boil, stirring frequently.
  7. Cook the pasta, partially covered and stirring occasionally, until almost al dente, about 6 minutes.
  8. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet and add the garlic, cooking until golden, about 2 minutes.
  9. Add the broccoli and crushed red pepper and cook until the broccoli sizzles, about 2 minutes.
  10. Add the clams and their liquid and bring to a boil.
  11. Ladle about 1/2 cup of the pasta water into the skillet.
  12. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, cooking until the broccoli is tender, about 4 minutes.
  13. Drain the pasta, return it to the pot, and pour in the sauce.
  14. Bring the sauce and pasta to a boil, stir in the parsley and adjust the seasoning, adding salt and crushed red pepper if necessary.
  15. Cook, stirring until the pasta is done and there is enough sauce to coat the pasta generously but still form a small pool in the bottom of the pot, 1 to 2 minutes.
  16. Served drizzled with some of the extra virgin olive oil.

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