Light Up Linguini with Clams

This recipe is inspired by Drake’s track Light Up with a special appearance by A$AP Rocky.

Serves 6


3 tablespoons coarse sea salt
1 pound DeCecco linguine
12 tablespoons EVOO
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 dozen littleneck clams, scrubbed
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 cup dry white wine
1 (14-ounce) can whole San Marzano tomatoes in juice, juice reserved and tomatoes coarsely chopped
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped


  1. In large pot over moderately high heat, combine 8 quarts of water to boil and salt. Bring to boil, then add linguine and cook to 1 minute short of al dente according to package directions (pasta should still be quite firm).

  2. Meanwhile, in large sauté pan over moderately high heat, heat 6 tablespoons EVOO until hot but not pop style (splattering). Add garlic and sauté until just goldie golden, about 30 seconds.

  3. Add clams and 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes and sauté 1 minute.

  4. Add wine, tomatoes and juice, and 1/2 cup parsley and simmer, uncovered, just until clams open, 7 to 8 minutes.

  5. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water, then drain linguine and add to pan. Simmer, tossing occasionally, until linguine is just tender, about 1 minute. If necessary, add some of reserved cooking water to keep moist. Remove from heat.

  6. Add remaining 2 tablespoons parsley, 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, and extra-virgin olive oil, tossing to coat. Transfer to serving dish and serve immediately.

Susanna Arntzz