Who else grew up eating clam spaghetti?? It was so good as a kid but it’s so weird to think about it now… a thick clam sauce in a can?? No thank you, I’ll pass! But you know what? You can still get a delicious salty, garlicy, “clam spaghetti-esque” taste but completely ditch the clams and heavy sauce!!
Today’s recipe is so delicious and when I eat this pasta I totally feel like I’m in Nantucket because it gives off such a beachy, summery ~vibe~ that only certain flavors can give! And the squeeze of lemon makes it so bright and fresh. The whole combo of flavors is just wonderful!
Makes 4-6 servings
What you’ll need:
1 lbs organic Linguine pasta
1 tablespoon salt for pasta water
2 cups reserved pasta water for sauce
1/2 cup olive oil
4 tablespoons garlic powder
3 tablespoons dried oregano
2 1/2 cups dry white wine (I used a bubbly rosé)
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
2 teaspoons salt
1/8teaspoon (or to taste) red pepper flakes
8 oz package of fresh baby spinach
Squeeze of lemon
Cook pasta with salt (Once the pasta is cooked, retain 2 cups of the cooking water for the sauce before draining- try to get the water that is closer to the bottom of the pot because it has more starch and will thicken up your sauce)
To start the sauce, heat the olive oil, garlic powder, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper together in a pot. Cook on medium heat for a few minutes to warm the spices up, stirring it so nothing burns- this mixture will be a little thick. Next pour in the wine to thin it down, this is when the sauce starts coming together. Let it simmer for a minute or two.
Next, add in the spinach. At this point you’ll need to turn the heat down to medium-low. Simmer everything and cook until the spinach is wilted.
Next, add the pasta into the sauce and pour in the 2 cups of reserved pasta water. Add a squeeze of lemon, or leave some slices on top of the pasta so each person can squeeze on as much lemon as they want. Serve right away so it’s nice and hot! Mmmm!!
Thank you guys so much for reading! I hope you give this vegan clam linguine a try and enjoy a delicious bite of summery goodness before fall starts creeping up on us! Let me know in the comments what your favorite veganized pasta dish is, I’d love to make it!