Monday, July 25, 2011

Spaghetti + Clams

I went on another visit this past week. It tasted like burritos the size of your face, bread in a can, and sweat. Man it's hot out. Probably not the best weather for my first ever camping experience. 
Bread in a can tastes good with cream cheese.
I don't think I've fully understood true heat until now. I'm not very tolerant of it. My house stays at a balmy 66 degrees all year round. Sleeping in a tent in 100 degree weather makes me appreciate a cool lake, a ceiling fan, A/C set at 78 degrees. 

So, naturally, I also didn't understand people complaining that it was too hot to cook dinner in the summer. I get it now. Boy do I ever. The goal is to make something fast, so you can get out of the sweltering kitchen as quickly as possible. Spaghetti and clams is a natural choice for me. The sauce just needs to cook for a few minutes so the flavors can meld together, and if you use angel hair pasta (yay, cooks for 3 minutes!) then you can theoretically have dinner on the table in like, 15-20 minutes. Stay cool everyone!

Spaghetti with Clam Sauce
(I don't really measure when I make this, so bear with me)


Angel hair, spaghetti, linguine, some sort of long noodly pasta (probably about half a box)
2 Tbsp. olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 6.5 oz cans of minced clams with juice
1/3 - 1/2 cup white wine
fresh parsley

Prepare boiling water for pasta while you make the sauce. Add olive oil to a medium skillet, when hot, add garlic and saute for a minute. Add clams and juice, and let it simmer for a few minutes, then add wine, and let it cook down a bit. When you're ready to eat, add parsley, and toss the drained pasta and sauce together in the pot you made the pasta in. Serve immediately, with parmesan cheese and fresh ground pepper.

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