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Orecchiette with Spicy Clam Sauce

Yields1 ServingPrep Time10 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time25 mins

Simple and delicious, orecchiette is usually paired with vegetable sauces, However, this recipe uses a clam sauce with a variety of flavorful spices and herbs to mix up the dish. To make an even more impressive presentation, buy some whole clams to steam and place on the dish.

Orecchiette with Spicy Clam Sauce

 1 lb Colavita Orecchiette, cooked according to package directions
 ½ cup Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
 13 oz minced clams, drained
 ½ tbsp fresh minced basil leaves or ½ teaspoon dried
 ½ tbsp fresh minced oregano leaves or ½ teaspoon dried
 ½ tsp salt
 ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
 3 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
 2 cups firmly packed freshly torn spinach leaves
 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
 2 tbsp toasted pine nuts
 fresh basil sprigs for garnish, if desired

While pasta cooks, combine oil and garlic in large saucepan, cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until garlic starts to sizzle; add clams, basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, and salt.


Reduce to low heat; cook stirring constantly, 5 minutes. 2. Drain pasta; add to clam mixture. Add parsley and spinach, tossing until spinach turns bright green.


Transfer to large serving platter. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and pine nuts. Garnish with fresh basil sprigs, if desired

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 4-6 Servings

Amount Per Serving
Calories 616
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g40%

Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 52mg18%
Sodium 510mg22%
Total Carbohydrate 65g22%

Dietary Fiber 3g12%
Protein 32g64%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.