Recipe Bar Centrale, Images Brydie Thompson
A glass of Soave and spaghetti vongole on a beautiful summer’s day is a match made in heaven.
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 garlic clove, sliced
¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
¼ cup white wine
approx. 1kg cockles, tua tua or similar clams
2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
Bring 3L of lightly salted water to boil in a 5L pot. Add pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until about 2 minutes before tender. Drain and reserve ½ cup cooking water.
Meanwhile, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over a medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring often, until a little golden. Add red pepper flakes and cook for 15 more seconds. Add wine and cockles; increase heat to high. Cover skillet and cook until cockles open and release their juices. This should be 3–6 minutes, depending on size of cockles. As they open, use tongs to transfer them to a bowl.
Add ¼ cup of the reserved pasta water to the skillet and bring to boil. Add pasta and cook over high heat, tossing constantly, until pasta is al dente and has soaked up some of the sauce. Add cockles and any juices from the bowl along with the parsley, and toss. (You can add more pasta water if the sauce seems too dry.) Transfer pasta to warm bowls and drizzle with remaining oil.