lunedì 17 giugno 2013

Mezze maniche con frutti di mare

Never fish on Monday!!! Why? There is no fish market on Monday unless some friend have gathered mussels and clams!!! I know I am lucky to have such special friends!

I would like to dedicate this post to a wonderful mom, Margaret Pace. She loves cooking Italian food and I hope to meet her in Malta very soon.

200 gr mezze maniche rigate (serving two)
300 gr mussels, scrubbed and beards removed
300 gr clams
1 big garlic clove
lemon zest
white wine
olive oil

Rinse the mussels 3/4 times and put the clams in a bowl with water and rinse twice. Set two separate covered shallow saucepans (or I use the same pan  but cooking the clam and the mussel in two different moments, one after the other) on the stove over medium high heat with the shellfish for 6, 7 min till they have opened and turn the heat off (discard any that do not open after this time). Put the shellfish aside and filter their cooking water in a cup.

In a big skillet put 2 tbs of olive oil, the big garlic clove crushed unpeeled and the shellfish, when the garlic is brown, discard it, add some white wine until reduced and the cooking water you saved (do not add salt).

Drain your pasta and fold it into the skillet, tossing until well combined (adding pasta water, if necessary to stir better).

Serve with parsley and lemon zest.

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