Spaghetti with Clams and Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Spaghetti with Clams and Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes Recipe
Photo: Francesco Tonelli; Styling: Tiziana Agnello

Spaghetti with Clams and Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes makes an elegant dinner for entertaining. Spaghetti dressed with clams is a Southern italian classic, and tomatoes contribute a contemporary addition.


Serves 6 (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

Total time: 1 Hour, 40 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 42 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 40 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 337
Fat 6.2 g
Satfat 0.9 g
Monofat 3.5 g
Polyfat 1 g
Protein 18.8 g
Carbohydrate 48.8 g
Fiber 2.8 g
Cholesterol 22 mg
Iron 3.4 mg
Sodium 540 mg
Calcium 55 mg


1 pound cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
3 garlic cloves, divided
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 cup dry white wine
48 littleneck clams, scrubbed
2 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 pound uncooked spaghetti


1. Preheat oven to 300°.

2. Combine tomatoes and 1 tablespoon olive oil, tossing to coat. Arrange tomatoes, cut side up, on a jelly-roll pan. Thinly slice 1 garlic clove; sprinkle over tomatoes. Bake tomato mixture at 300° for 1 1/2 hours or until tomatoes are slightly shriveled. Set aside.

3. Mince remaining 2 garlic cloves. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add minced garlic and red pepper to skillet; cook 2 minutes or until garlic and pepper sizzle. Increase heat to medium-high; stir in wine. Add clams; cover and cook 7 minutes or until clams open. Using tongs, remove clams from skillet; reserve liquid. Discard any unopened shells. Strain liquid through a fine-mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth into a bowl; discard solids. Wipe skillet clean; return liquid to skillet. Add tomatoes, parsley, basil, and salt; bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reserve 24 clams in shells. Remove remaining clams from shells; add all clams to skillet.

4. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain. Combine pasta and clam mixture. Serve immediately.

Domenica Marchetti,

Cooking Light

March 2013
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