Angel Hair Pasta with Simple Red Sauce and Shellfish

Angel Hair Pasta with Simple Red Sauce and ShellfishOur family uses San Marzano tomatoes in our red sauce, they are a bit more expensive than your average canned tomatoes considering they are one of the BEST authentic ingredients for any sauce, I don’t mind paying the extra. Brands available in supermarkets include Cento, Nina, La Bella, Solinia, Vantia, La Valle and Strianese. Compared to the Roma tomato, San Marzano tomatoes are thinner and more pointed. The flesh is much thicker with fewer seeds, and the taste is stronger, sweeter and less acidic. Many people have described the taste as bittersweet.

 Angel Hair Pasta with Simple Red Sauce and Shellfish

  • 1 large can 28 ounces San Marzano ORGANIC canned peeled tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced razor thin
  • 1 small onion, sliced razor thin
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • splash of red wine

Other ingredients

  • 1 pound angel hair pasta
  • 24 fresh small neck clams, cleaned and steamed
  • 12 fresh extra-large shrimp, shells removed devined, steamed
  • 12 fresh oysters, scrubbed, cleaned and steamed
  • 1/4 cup white raisins
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, sliced in ribbons
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, for noodles
  • 1 tablespoon of salt, for water
  • 1 tablespoon oil, for water

Before hand note: Our family has literally been known to use and actual razor blade to slice the garlic. It will be so thin it will melt in the oil. You can find them at any Lowes or Home depot in the paint department.

Directions
In a frying pan, put the 3 Tbsp olive oil, the onion, and the four cloves garlic. Stir frequently over medium heat, until onion is golden, but not brown. Remove garlic cloves and discard.Drain canned tomatoes, saving ¼ cup liquid. Place liquid and tomatoes in blender for four seconds only. Slowly pour pureed tomatoes into the frying pan, stirring constantly, being sure the oil isn’t too hot, or it will spatter. Add splash of wine, salt, sugar, pepper, dried basil, pepper flakes, and oregano. Mix well. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring sauce a few times.

In the meantime, heat large pot of water to boiling. Add 1 tablespoon salt. When water comes to a full boil, add spaghetti and stir. When done,(angel hair cooks very fast) pour into colander and drain. Return noodles to pot. Add oil. Toss noodles.

NOTE: Steam your seafood in advance. Make sure you clean all seafood, scrub clams, and oysters, and devein shrimp after removing shells of shrimp. Oysters will mostly open when ready, remove top shell when done. If you are unsure how long it takes to steam please take the time to read below.

Clams: 8-10 minutes till fully open
Oysters: 8-10 minutes till fully open
Shrimp: 4 minutes, till pink

Assembly
Place a nest pf angel hair in plate, lightly cover with sauce, on each plate evenly distribute clams, shrimp, and opened oysters on sauce. Drizzle extra sauce lightly over seafood. Sprinkle with basil ribbons, chopped parsley,and top with white raisins .

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