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Spicy Spaghetti with Clams and Red Bell Pepper

Get your heat on with this fiery dish! This recipe for spicy spaghetti with clams and red bell pepper is the perfect date-night dinner, or something to whip up for a quick weeknight meal!

You can vary the degree of heat you want with the crushed red pepper, or put a different twist on the recipe ingredients to make it uniquely your own. Today’s hot dish comes to you courtesy of Epicurious.com:

Spicy Spaghetti with Clams and Red Bell Pepper Spicy Spaghetti with Clams and Red Bell Pepper

Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano or 2 ½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 1 ½ cups crushed tomatoes with added purée
  • ½ cup dry red wine
  • 24 small clams, scrubbed
  • ¾ pound spaghetti, freshly cooked

Directions

Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper, garlic, oregano and dried red pepper. Sauté until bell pepper is almost tender, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and wine and simmer until flavors blend. About 2 minutes. Add clams. Cover and cook until clams open, about 8 minutes. Using tongs, transfer clams to bowl (discard any that do not open). Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper.

Divide spaghetti among 4 bowls. Top with sauce and clams and serve.

Spaghetti is an all-time favorite for almost everyone, but when you up your game and team it up with seafood rather than the standard meatballs, you’ve got a dish with distinction! Try it out tonight!