1. I had to take a picture of the clams before they were de-clammed, because they were so photogenic.
2. I had to tell the Southern husband that he won the lucky job of taking all the clam meat out of all the clams. (Which he did with his usual happy attitude towards life, and which took him about 3 minutes, before you start feeling all sorry for him.)
After that it was smooth sailing. The broccoli and pasta cooks up in the same pot. Meantime you make a quick sauce of olive oil sauteed with lots of fresh garlic. Toss the whole thing together – the pasta and broccoli, the clam meat, the olive oil sauce and a little reserved clam juice, parsley and red pepper and you are done! The Southern husband went on and on about how delicious this one was, and I assured him it was primarily because of how the clams were removed from the clam shells. Hey, it’s important to keep the kitchen help happy and motivated, right?
So, shake up your pasta with clam sauce!
Recipe adapted from My Recipes