Tagliatelle with clams, cockles, mussels and cherry tomatoes

Tagliatelle with clams, cockles, mussels and cherry tomatoes

The Irish tomato season is coming to an end, this recipe is a great way to use them up and savour the taste of summer for a little bit longer.

Serves 4


  • 50ml olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • ½ a large onion, finely chopped
  • ¾ of a fresh chilli, cut into small dice
  • 400g cockles and clams
  • 400g mussels
  • 20 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 30ml white wine (e.g. sauvignon blanc)
  • 320g tagliatelle
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil


Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan, add the garlic and fry gently for 1 minute. Add the onion and chilli and cook slowly for about 3 minutes. Add the cockles, clams, mussels, cherry tomatoes and white wine, bring to the boil, then place a lid on the pan and cook until the tomatoes start to break down and the cockles and clams open.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling salad water – add a drop of olive oil to the water, and use a pasta basket if you have one. Once the pasta is cooked, drain it and add to the frying pan. Add the fresh herbs and season with salt and pepper.

Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, mill over some freshly cracked pepper and serve from the pan.

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