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Clams with Pasta and Bacon

Photo: Jeffery Cross; Styling: Karen Shinto
Total time 30 mins

Serves 4

Spanish fideos--short, thin noodles--give this dish a satisfying heft. If your grocery store doesn't carry them, use angel-hair pasta instead. Serve family-style right out of the pot or in a large bowl.


  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 10 ounce (2 cups) fideos or crushed angel-hair pasta nests
  • 2 medium shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 thyme branch
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 pounds clams (about 2-in. diameter), scrubbed
  • 6 ounces bacon, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 lemon, quartered

Nutrition Information

  • calories 553
  • caloriesfromfat 28 %
  • protein 27 g
  • fat 17 g
  • satfat 6.2 g
  • carbohydrate 58 g
  • fiber 2.2 g
  • sodium 430 mg
  • cholesterol 65 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat butter and oil in a large dutch oven over medium heat. Add pasta, shallots, and thyme and cook, stirring constantly, until most of pasta is toasted (it won't be evenly toasted), about 5 minutes.

    7 Ways With Wine
    Photo: Beau Gustafson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine
    As Julia Child used to so often say, the best wine to cook with is one you consider good enough to drink. As a general rule of thumb, dry (non-sweet) wines work best in savory dishes, while sweet or fortified wines (such as port and sherry) are more attuned to desserts and sauces.
  2. Add wine, 1 3/4 cups water, and the pepper. Stir in clams and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until clams open, about 10 minutes. Discard any clams that don't open. Remove thyme branch.

  3. Meanwhile, put bacon in a medium frying pan and set over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, until bacon is crisp, about 8 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

  4. Stir parsley and half of bacon into clams. Transfer to a large serving bowl and sprinkle with remaining bacon. Serve with lemon wedges.