Spicy spaghetti vongole

Serves 6 to 8

  • 4 fresh red chillies

  • olive oil

  • 6 cloves of garlic, peeled

  • 1 x 400 g tin of plum tomatoes

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 500 g spaghetti

  • a bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 4 squid with tentacles, cleaned

  • 1.5 kg clams, cleaned

  • 100 ml white wine

  • extra virgin olive oil

Preheat a large griddle pan over a high heat, then add the chillies and cook for 20 minutes, or until blackened all over, turning occasionally. Transfer to a bowl, cover with cling film and set aside for around 10 minutes to cool.



Once cooled, peel and discard the blackened skin, then halve and deseed. Heat a lug of olive oil in a medium frying pan over a low heat, then finely slice and add 2 garlic cloves. Fry for a few seconds, or until lightly golden, then add the chillies and tinned tomatoes, breaking them up with a spoon. Bring to the boil, then reduce to low and simmer for around 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, mash well with a potato masher, then set the arrabbiata sauce aside.



Cook the spaghetti according to packet instructions in a large pan of salted boiling water over a high heat.



Meanwhile, pick the parsley leaves and set aside for later, then finely slice the stalks. Halve the squid tentacles, thinly slice the tubes, then finely slice the remaining garlic. Preheat a large frying pan over a medium-high heat, add the parsley stalks, garlic, clams, wine and 2 large spoonfuls of arrabbiata sauce, then stir well. Add the squid and toss well to coat. Cover and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the clams have opened.



Drain the spaghetti, reserving a cupful of the cooking water, then add to the clams. Roughly chop and add the parsley leaves, toss well, adding a splash of the reserved cooking water to loosen, if needed. Stir in any remaining arrabbiata sauce if you fancy more of a kick, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and serve straightaway.

Nutritional Information

Spicy spaghetti vongole

With a kickin’ arrabbiata twist

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Clams cooked in white wine and a spicy arrabbiata sauce, this is my twist on an Italian classic.
Serves 6 to 8
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Method

Preheat a large griddle pan over a high heat, then add the chillies and cook for 20 minutes, or until blackened all over, turning occasionally. Transfer to a bowl, cover with cling film and set aside for around 10 minutes to cool.

Once cooled, peel and discard the blackened skin, then halve and deseed. Heat a lug of olive oil in a medium frying pan over a low heat, then finely slice and add 2 garlic cloves. Fry for a few seconds, or until lightly golden, then add the chillies and tinned tomatoes, breaking them up with a spoon. Bring to the boil, then reduce to low and simmer for around 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, mash well with a potato masher, then set the arrabbiata sauce aside.

Cook the spaghetti according to packet instructions in a large pan of salted boiling water over a high heat.

Meanwhile, pick the parsley leaves and set aside for later, then finely slice the stalks. Halve the squid tentacles, thinly slice the tubes, then finely slice the remaining garlic. Preheat a large frying pan over a medium-high heat, add the parsley stalks, garlic, clams, wine and 2 large spoonfuls of arrabbiata sauce, then stir well. Add the squid and toss well to coat. Cover and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the clams have opened.

Drain the spaghetti, reserving a cupful of the cooking water, then add to the clams. Roughly chop and add the parsley leaves, toss well, adding a splash of the reserved cooking water to loosen, if needed. Stir in any remaining arrabbiata sauce if you fancy more of a kick, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and serve straightaway.

Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 524
    26%
  • Carbs 71.3g
    27%
  • Sugar 4.9g 5%
  • Fat 5.8g 8%
  • Saturates 0.7g 4%
  • Protein 46.6g 103%
Of an adult's reference intake

BUYING SUSTAINABLY SOURCED FISH

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Buying sustainably sourced fish means buying fish that has been caught without endangering the levels of fish stocks and with the protection of the environment in mind. Wild fish caught in areas where stocks are plentiful are sustainably sourced, as are farmed fish that are reared on farms proven to cause no harm to surrounding seas and shores.

When buying either wild or farmed fish, ask whether it is sustainably sourced. If you're unable to obtain this information, don't be afraid to shop elsewhere – only by shopping sustainably can we be sure that the fantastic selection of fish we enjoy today will be around for future generations.

For further information about sustainably sourced fish, please refer to the useful links below:

Marine Stewardship Council
http://www.msc.org/

Fish Online
http://www.fishonline.org

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  • 4 fresh red chillies

  • olive oil

  • 6 cloves of garlic, peeled

  • 1 x 400 g tin of plum tomatoes

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 500 g spaghetti

  • a bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 4 squid with tentacles, cleaned

  • 1.5 kg clams, cleaned

  • 100 ml white wine

  • extra virgin olive oil