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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

IL GIORNO DI CAPODANNO - NEW YEAR'S DAY


After the holidays' festivities and the end of the year, here was New Year's Day (Capodanno). The first day of 2013, we celebrated with lots of tasty and delicious dishes, cooked in a variety of ways, making our table very cheerful. These were simple dishes made with ease that we shared and enjoyed with family and friends with the hope that all our dreams would come true.

One of my favorites: SPAGHETTI WITH BROCCOLI AND CLAMS
 
 
Spaghetti con broccoli e vongole

 
 
Ingredients

1 lb. spaghetti
1 lb. broccoli florets
2 doz. small clams
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup white wine
1 dry red pepper, chopped
Few sprigs of parsley
1/2 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper

Place the clams in a bath of water and salt for two hours.  Remove and dry.
In a pan, add 1/2 of the oil and one minced clove of garlic.
Add the clams, the wine and cover.  Cook until clams open.  Remove the clams and filter the water with a piece of cheese cloth and save. 
Add remaining oil in a pan, the other garlic clove, dry peperoncino, salt and pepper.
After few seconds, add the washed broccoli florets and cover.  Cook until tender. 
Add the clams and juice to the broccoli.
In a pot, cook the spaghetti. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and reserve some pasta water.
Add the broccoli, clams and chopped parsley to the pasta and mix well.