Tagliatelle with clams

Nothing says summer like a delicious recipe with fruits of the sea

Tasty tomatoes, clams, fresh wine and a few other bits and pieces are just what you need for a perfect culinary experience.

It doesn’t take much more than picking the right ingredients to impress all the pasta and sea food lovers. But just as with any other simple recipe, the devil is in the details. And exactly these details are what will make or break your dish.

This recipe starts with pasta of the highest quality that you can get your hands on. If you have the time to make your own, definitely do so. Cook the pasta in salted water until “al dente”, meaning it’s still firm when bitten.

Cook the pasta in water as salty as the sea

Tomato sauce with clams

For the perfect tomato sauce, you will need:

  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Shallot
  • Garlic
  • Anchovies
  • Dry white wine
  • Basil
  • Butter
  • Clams
  • Salt
cherry tomatoes for a great seafood sauce

You can probably make it out that cherry tomatoes are the star of this sauce. Not tomato paste or canned tomatoes. Fresh cherry tomatos will give this dish the desired sweetness.  Cut them up into large chunks or halves. Pick shallot instead of onion to keep with the theme of sweetness. Chop it up really thin and throw it in a hot pan along with some butter. When it starts to glaze add the tomatoes. Keep the heat at a medium, so the tomatoes can caramelize slowly. While that is happening, cut up some anchovies and gradually add them to the tomatoes to get the right amount of saltiness.

Thinly sliced anchovies give the sauce aroma and saltiness

Anchovies are a vital part of the recipe, bringing saltiness and aroma to the dish

Chop up some garlic and throw it in the pan along with clams, before pouring over the wine. Make sure you chose a wine you actually like to drink, because it will serve as a base for the sauce when it mixes up with the tomatoes and all the other ingredients. A dry white wine will best serve the purposes of this recipe, as it will balance out the sweetness you’ve been building up so far.

If you want to learn more about wines, you should check out our short documentary series we made with Puklavec Family wines.

Dry white wine will make the sauce acidic and fragrant

Before adding the pasta, also throw in some fresh basil. Make a taste test to see if it needs some extra salt or anchovies and you are done. To see how we made it, check out our video recipe below.