Friday, 20 June 2008

Pasta Vongole

Last night, CH and I had dinner at Al Forno at East Coast Road. We ordered pasta vongole and a pizza. The pasta was cooked to perfection but at $22 a plate, it had better be done right!

I decided to recreate the dish at home for brunch, so I went to the market and bought 1kg of clams for $6 after my morning run.

I soak the clams in salt water to remove the grit lodged inside.


I chop up some garlic and chilli, sautee them in olive oil until fragrant. Then I add in the clams and cook until the shells open up.

I put some pasta, olive oil and salt in the pot of water to boil. I like using spaghetti from Marks & Spencer because it will turn out al dente like the ones served in the restaurants.


When the shells are almost done, I toss in the cooked pasta and give it a good stir. You can add a a splash of white wine if you like. The sauce produced from the clam is good enough on its own actually.


Voila, pasta vongole is ready! The boys loved it. The entire pot of pasta enough to feed a family cost me less than $10!

5 comments:

WaterLearner said...

You are one great creative cook with a good sense of economics!

JYankee said...

Yep only Blur could recreate such a dish and for under $10!

Nick Phillips said...

Wow, that looks so good that I'm inclined to go and harass wifey to make some for me ... LOL!

And it's so much better to make your own, ya? And so much cheaper too :D

fishwithoutbicycle said...

Oooh it looks delicious!! I never knew Marks & Spencer still existed in Singapore. Years ago they supposedly closed all their branches outside the UK. I miss M&S!!

The World According To Me said...

It looks very tasty and it was a bargain!

I'm a big fan of Marks and Spencers, although in the UK M&S can work out more expensive than the big supermarket chains such as Tescos. But having said that, M&S have top quality products which sometimes you would rather pay that little bit extra for.