"A Lidia Bastianich recipe that was adapted from a website that showcases many great chef's recipes. Posted for 2006 Zaar World Tour - Italy."
extra virgin olive oil
garlic cloves, peeled
crushed red pepper flakes
littleneck clams, washed and brushed
dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio
2 cups lidia's flavors of italy tomato sauce, with basil or 2 cups
tomato and basil pasta sauce
fresh basil leaves, washed, dried, and cut into very thin strips, chopped
salt, to taste
In a large and wide heavy casserole or dutch oven, over a medium flame, heat 3 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the garlic and cook until golden brown, stirring for approximately 2 minutes. Add crushed red pepper flakes, stir, than add the clams and wine. Place a lid on the pot, turn flame to high, and cook shaking the pot occasionally for approximately 7 minutes or until clams begin to open.
Pour in tomato sauce, add scallions and basil. Stir well and bring mixture to a boil.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer clams to a serving platter and discard any unopened shells. Spoon sauce over the clams and serve immediately.