Linguine with Cockles and Squid

It's worth seeking out guanciale, an imported, spice-cured Italian bacon, to add depth of flavor to the linguine and clams. But if you cannot find it, pancetta is a good substitute.

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  • Servings: 4
Linguine with Cockles and Squid

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2011

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup finely chopped guanciale or pancetta (3 1/4 ounces; buonitalia.com)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
  • 3/4 cup dry vermouth
  • 8 ounces cleaned squid bodies with tentacles, bodies cut into 1/4-inch-thick rings
  • 2 pounds cockles, scrubbed well
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 pound linguine

Directions

  1. Cook guanciale in a large pot over medium heat until crisp, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a plate using a slotted spoon. Heat oil in pot. Cook garlic, red-pepper flakes, and fennel seeds until golden and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add vermouth. Bring to a simmer. Add squid. Cook until just cooked through, about 1 minute. Transfer to plate with guanciale using slotted spoon.

  2. Add cockles to pot. Cook, covered, until opened, 5 to 6 minutes; discard any unopened ones.

  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook linguine until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Mix guanciale, squid, pasta, and reserved cooking liquid into cockles. Drizzle with oil.

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