Well, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, whatever that means to you. I know some couples use it as an occasion to go out to a fancy dinner, but my husband and I prefer to make a special meal at home. It’s more affordable, we can wear our pajamas if we want to, and we have a range of options beyond filet mignon from the prix fixe menu at a restaurant. I mean, really – we can make whatever our hearts desire!
When we’re in the kitchen together, we like to choose recipes that are maybe a bit more involved than either one of us would cook alone. We can divide up the tasks so that we each share the prep work, and then it all comes together to form one amazing meal.
This year, I thought it would be fun to make a homemade version of Pasta all’Amatriciana, a dish we ate several times in Rome. And because it’s a special occasion, why not throw some clams on top? Plus, it gave Jeff an excuse to nickname this recipe Clamatriciana (yes, this is the same man who came up with “Ravilachos,” too).
This Pasta all’Amatriciana with Clams starts with a generous portion of pancetta (cured, unsmoked Italian bacon), sauteed with onions, garlic and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Stir in some Red Gold Whole Peeled Tomatoes (crush them by hand as you are pouring them in) and simmer until a rich, thick sauce develops.
While one of you is working on the sauce, your loved one can be boiling some bucatini pasta and cleaning some clams, and then cooking them in a little white wine. After that, it’s time to combine everything and sit down and enjoy your special meal!
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Adapted from Bon Appetit.
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