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Bucatini a la Clams Casino

Bucatini a la Clams Casino



Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

20 minutes




Giada De Laurentiis

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    For The Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • For The Pasta:

  • Kosher salt
  • 1 pound pasta, such as Bucatini or Bucatini Lunghi
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (plus more for serving)
  • 5 slices applewood-smoked bacon (diced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (peeled and smashed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 on-the-vine tomatoes (seeded and diced)
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 1/2 pounds cockles or New Zealand clams (or other small clams, cleaned)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley


  1. This recipe originally appeared on Giada Entertains: Little Italy Party.

For the topping:

  1. Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil and breadcrumbs and toast, stirring often, until golden brown and crispy. Season with the salt. Set aside to cool. Stir in the Parmesan.

For the pasta:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta for 3 minutes less than the package directions, about 9 minutes. Drain well, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water.
  2. Put the olive oil and bacon in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, until browned and crispy, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about an additional minute. Add the tomatoes and toss to coat. Deglaze with the white wine and add the cockles. Cover the skillet with a lid and shake gently. Cook until all the shells have opened, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the clams to a bowl, discarding any unopened clams. Add the pasta to the skillet and toss in the sauce. Add the reserved pasta water to create a loose sauce. Toss with the parsley. Stir the clams back into the pasta and sprinkle with the breadcrumb topping. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil.



Nutrition Serving Size
per serving
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
51 grams
24 grams
15 grams
Saturated Fat
4 grams
16 milligrams
551 milligrams
3 grams
3 grams
nut free

1 comment

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    Joseph Greco

    Giada has the most delicious Italian recipes in the United States and in Italy.

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