Date Night In with Mon Verre: Linguine with Vongole

Date Night In with Mon Verre: Linguine with Vongole

Introducing the Date Night series with Mon Verre. Every week we’ll be giving you a recipe and drink pairing to enjoy with your loved one in the comfort of your own home. Think about topics like how to create the perfect cheeseboard for two, cocktail nights in with the girls, a full menu of aphrodisiacs for your new lover and much more.

This week we’re cooking the perfect date night pasta with a beautiful wine pairing. We’re making Linguine alla (with) Vongole and we’re drinking wine!


The scene: you’ve invited your lover over to impress them with your culinary skills, or you’re trying to spice up your love life with your live-in boyfriend.

We all know the way to your boy (or girls) heart is usually through their stomach. We have the perfect date night pasta recipe to woo your partner and get them a little drunk too. This dish is perfect for your date night in, because the shellfish feels luxurious and what is sexier than pasta? We’re talking that beautiful romantic pasta slurp in Lady & the Tramp.

This isn’t a dish you’ll cook on the regular, so you know this is special occasion pasta.

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The Recipe:

The ingredients:

  • 200 grams of your favourite linguine. Fresh is best, but you can always use dry pasta.
  • 400 grams of fresh clams (vongole)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Dried chilli flakes for a little extra spice
  • 3 tbs EVOO
  • 1 handful of fresh parsley
  • Salt to taste
  • Lemon freshly squeezed as desired
  • ½ glass of dry, white wine (we’ll get to our pick later)


The Instructions:

  1. Finely chop your peeled garlic and freshly washed parsley.
  2. Wash your clams in cold water and remove any with broken shells. Different types of clams may need a lot of rinsing to get rid of all the sand, but you can always filter the liquid after cooking them so this isn’t super important.
  3. Boil a pot of water for your pasta. We suggest not to add salt to your pasta water as you’ll be getting a good hit of salt from your clams.
  4. While the water is boiling for your pasta, put the clams in a deep frying pan, cover and cook over a medium heat until they open. This should take about 5 minutes.
  5. Once all the clams have opened, take the pan off heat and allow to cool.
  6. Once the clams have cooled, remove the meat from most of the clams. Make sure to keep some intact for a beautiful presentation. Discard the empty shells and filter the liquid that the clams produce. This juice is packed full of flavour, we’ll use it later on.
  7. Your pasta should be cooked al dente by now. Just double check and drain once finished.
  8. In a frying pan or skillet, heat half of the EVOO and add the garlic and chilli flakes. Cook the garlic until it start to go translucent, then add the clams, with and without the shells. Add the clam liquid to the pan and cook for a few minutes.
  9. Open the bottle of white wine, pour yourself a glass, take a sip, enjoy, then put ½ glass of it into your pan. Cook until the alcohol evaporates.
  10. Lastly, add the parsley and the rest of the EVOO. Continue to cook for another 3-5 minutes, then turn off the heat.
  11. Add your pasta to the pan and mix everything together. Serve into two bowls and decorate the plate with some open clam shells and a fresh sprinkling of parsley.

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The Wine:

Since this recipe is a traditional Italian one, we would suggest a beautiful Italian white wine. A wine with loads of minerality and a hint of earthiness make the perfect match. While there is a myriad of different Italian whites that go perfect with clams, we can’t go past the classic Pinot Grigio.

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Here are some of our favourites.

2021 Vino Intrepido ‘Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing’ Pinot Grigio, Nagambie Lakes $26 RRP

2021 Longview ‘Queenie’ Pinot Grigio, Adelaide Hills $21 RRP

2021 Blind Corner Pinot Grigio, Margaret River $40 RRP

2021 Vino Intrepido ‘Grey Matter’ Pinot Grigio, Nagambie Lakes $28 RRP

2021 Hahndorf Hill Pinot Grigio, Adelaide Hills $26 RRP

Of course, your favourite Pinot Grigio is best served in a chilled glass. We recommend our Sienna Wine Glass to hold your perfect pour.

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