In 2008, my family did a Christmas gift exchange . My mom and I put it together and since we were in charge, we decided that that this year, the gifts had to be homemade. Also since we were in charge, we got to draw names. I REALLY wanted my grandfather to make me a recipe book of old family recipes and some from his Italian restuarant he owned while my mom was growing up and part of my childhood as well. I apologize in advance to any of my siblings, cousins, aunts, and uncles who are reading this but mom and I rigged the gift list that year! I even went so far as to strongly suggest to my grandfather that since he happened to have me for his gift recipient that I would love a family recipe book. It is now one of my most prized possessions! Thank you Nonno! And sorry family for pulling the wool over your eyes!
This recipe for linguine and clams comes from my prized recipe book. It is from my great-grandfather whom we affectionately called, Big Nonno. In Italian, great-grandfather translates to Bisnonno and so I think somewhere along the line, us kids chaged it to Big Nonno. His name was Aldo Favro and this is my version of his linguine with clams. I only substituted fresh clams for canned clams and added a cup of white wine. Everything else is exactly as he wrote it.
Linguine & Clam Sauce
1 1/2 cubes butter
1/2 cup olive oil
10-12 cloves garlic, minced
3 or 4 green onions, tops included
1 bunch Italian flat-leaf parsley
1 cup dry white wine
2 lbs. fresh clams
6 fresh mushrooms, chopped
1 pound linguine
* I omitted the parmesan cheese because I don't like cheese with my seafood but it is original to the recipe!
Melt butter in pan (do not burn). Add minced garlic, olive oil, simmer slowly. Add clams, parsley, green onions, and white wine. Continue to simmer. Add mushrooms, simmer 5 minutes. Pour over cooked linguine. Add parmesan cheese. Makes 4-6
Cook linguine 8 minutes.
My recipe book from my grandfather. Sorry again cousins!