Tomato Pasta with Asari Clams and Bacon

Tomato Pasta with Asari Clams and Bacon

Asari (Manila) clams and bacon make this dish twice as savoury.

Ingredients: 2 servings

160 g
Olive oil, crushed garlic
2 tablespoons, 1 clove
*Red Chilli Pepper (remove the seeds)
Bacon (cut into 1 cm pieces)
2 slices
Onion (sliced)
Asari clams
200 g
White wine (or sake), chopped Parsley
1 heaping tablespoon, 1 tablespoon
Whole Canned Tomatoes (crushed)
1 can
1/2 teaspoon
Olive oil for finishing
1 scant tablespoon
Salt and black pepper
to taste


1. Clean the clams to remove the sand. Wash them while rubbing thoroughly. Slice the bacon and onion.
2. Heat olive oil and garlic in a pan over low heat. Be careful not to let it burn. Cook until fragrant. At the end, add in the red chili pepper.
3. Add the onion and bacon to the pan. Continue to cook carefully over low heat.
4. Add in the asari clams and quickly cook them.
5. If you have white wine (or sake) add to the pan with the parsely.
6. Cover the pan with a lid and steam the mixture until the clams open.
7. Put the whole tomatoes into a bowl and mash thoroughly. *The result should be finer than dice-cut tomatoes.
8. Pour the crushed tomatoes into the pan. Simmer the mixture for about 5 minutes.
9. Boil the pasta in plenty of salted water. Cook until the pasta is al dente (about 1 minute before the cooking time listed on the package).
10. Toss the pasta to the sauce. *If there doesn't seem to be enough sauce, add 50 ml (1 ladleful) of pasta water to the sauce.
11. Finish the pasta with a drizzle of olive oil and mix in a sprinkling of salt and pepper.

Story Behind this Recipe

This is a great way of enjoying asari (Manila) clams.