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Recipes: Clam and Chorizo Pasta with Parsley Gremolata 1

Recipes: Clam and Chorizo Pasta with Parsley Gremolata

Recipes: Clam and Chorizo Pasta with Parsley Gremolata 2

Recipe from the cookbook For the Love of the Sea

For the Love of the Sea, by Jenny Jefferies, is published by Meze Publishing at £22
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Jenny Jefferies offers this tasty pasta from her cook book, For the Love of the Sea

Serves Two


For the clam and chorizo pasta
24 MSC certified Poole Harbour clams (or other MSC clams, just look for the blue label)
½ white onion
2 cloves of garlic
100g of spicy chorizo sausage (not cooking chorizo)

160g of dried spaghetti
2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes, halved
200ml of dry white wine
Pinch of salt and pepper

For the parsley gremolata
Handful of fresh flat leaf parsley
1 clove of garlic, grated


For the clam and chorizo pasta

Before cooking, check for any broken shells or clams that don’t close when tapped; these are dead and shouldn’t be eaten. Any dirty shells need to be scrubbed clean. Finely dice the onion and garlic, and dice the chorizo. Place all three ingredients in a pan over a medium heat and season with salt. You shouldn’t need any oil as the chorizo will naturally release its own oils. Stirring frequently, cook until the onion and garlic are tender, usually around 10 to 12 minutes.

Bring a pan of water to the boil for your spaghetti. Salt the water and cook the spaghetti until al dente, or 1 minute before the final cooking time recommended on the packaging.

Once the onions are tender, add the tomatoes and let them soften slightly. Pour in the wine and allow to bubble and reduce. Now for the fun part! Place your clams into the pan, put the lid on and allow them to steam. When the clams are cooked they’ll pop open. This should take 3 to 5 minutes (any clams which do not open should be discarded).

Take the spaghetti out with tongs, reserving the cooking water, and place the pasta into the pan of clams. Stir to incorporate all of the ingredients. Put a tablespoon of the pasta water into the pan with the other ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

For the parsley gremolata
Finely chop the parsley until it’s almost minced (don’t use a food processor). Stir the garlic and lemon zest into the parsley and chop a little more to get everything incorporated.

To serve
Serve the clam and chorizo pasta in bowls and sprinkle over the parsley gremolata.  

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