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Easy Linguine with Clams and Mussels

Easy Linguine with Clams and Mussels
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Salsa Verde
  • 5 tablespoons flat leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chervil
  • 2 tablespoons chives
  • 2 tablespoons fennel fronds
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons mint
  • 1 cup pure olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Linguine with Clams and Mussels
  • 3 tablespoon fresh garlic, diced
  • 3 shallots, diced
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • cups dry white wine
  • 20 littleneck clams, rinsed
  • 1 pound linguine
  • 20 mussels, rinsed, beard removed (preferably from Prince Edward Island)
  • Chef notes

    Nick Lama, chef and owner of Avo in New Orleans, creates amazing flavor in his dish of Linguine with Clams and Mussels thanks to a homemade salsa verde. Salsa verde is a "green sauce" made with chopped and smashed herbs like parsley, plus garlic and olive oil.


    Make the Salsa Verde: Chop all of the herbs together except the mint. In a mortar and pestle, smash the chopped herbs. Gradually add oil until you make a paste. Smash the capers and garlic before adding them to the herbs. Chop the mint and add it last. Smash into a paste. Once the paste is made, add the rest of the oil and season to taste with salt and black pepper.

    Make the Linguine with Clams and Mussels: Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. In a large sauté pan, sweat garlic and shallots in 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the red pepper flakes and deglaze the pan with wine. Add the clams and cover with lid. Drop pasta in boiling water. After 4 minutes, add mussels to pan with clams and cover. Check every few minutes till all clams and mussels pop open. Discard any that will not open.

    Finish the dish: Toss pasta with mussels and clams and stir in 1/4 cup of the Salsa Verde. Serve immediately.