Spaghetti alle Vongole with Lemon Zest and Rosè Wine

Finally, I can sit down again with a more relaxed mind. It had been quite some since I last posted in my blog (for good reasons) after I had been running around attending to things at home and traveling. This time, I would like to share something that you can call a tradition Italian pasta dish with a just little twist of lemon and rosè wine. The lemon zest added a delicate, fresh citrus hint and while the rosè didn't really change the taste from the usual white wine, the whole dish got a refreshing unobtrusive change because after all, the vongole or clams are the ones that give the primary flavors to this dish.

Let me start by saying that Spaghetti alle Vongole is a delicious and simple clam pasta dish that captivates the real essence of Italian cooking because not only does it require so little ingredients, but it also proves that the quality of the ingredients make up for outstanding taste of the dish. The secret to a tasty one is the kind of clams you use. In Italy, the best choice is the verace or cross-cut carpet shell (venerupis decussata). That, plus a good amount of garlic, parsley and fresh extra virgin olive oil. Cooking with extra virgin olive oil is one thing and drizzling the dish with good extra virgin olive oil after cooking is another thing. It lifts the taste and seals the flavors with perfect goodness.

Spaghetti alle vongole is well received at home and it's something that my whole family and I unanimously enjoy. Perhaps it is also one of the dishes that I get to please everyone with. You know how it is with kids. One likes something and the other likes another thing. So if you want to have a delicious Italian dinner, this can be candidate for the recipes that you can try. Try the traditional Spaghetti alle Vongole or this one with the lemon zest and rosè. Both ways, I am sure that you will enjoy it. 

For the recipe of this Spaghetti alle Vongole with Lemon Zest and Rosè Wine, you can click on the link that will take you to She Knows where I create recipes. For a list of my recipes there, click on my Profile Page. Enjoy the rest of your week! 

More Recipes with Clams:

Spaghetti with Clams, Lemon & Pine Nuts 
Sautéed Mussels and Clams (Sauté di Cozze e Vongole) 
Fregula con Arselle (Sardinian Pasta with Clams) 

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