Thursday, February 2, 2012

Pittsburgh's Passion Linguine from Olio Fresca with Clam Sauce

So Super Bowl weekend is coming up, and I know the Steelers aren't in it this year (boo!), but I still need to complete this very belated Steelers-related post I had been working on for a long time but never got around to finishing!  Sometime before the NFL season is officially over would be good, I thought.  Besides, maybe the pain of not making it past the first round of the playoffs this year has subsided enough that it would now be safe to mention the Steelers again...

Anyway, a little background:  I was never much of an NFL fan before I moved to Pittsburgh, and I can't say that I've become a convert, but now that I'm making Pittsburgh my home, I've certainly been doing my part to embrace our hometown Steelers.  For my first Hallowe'en in Pittsburgh, I donned a #43 jersey, gold football pants, and a wig, and when the Steelers made it to Super Bowl XLV last year, I joined everyone else in town in waving my terrible towel and cheering on my team.

When I found out several weeks ago that Olio Fresca Pasta would stop selling at the Pittsburgh Public Market, I made a few trips out there to stock up on my flavored pasta supply.  One of the varieties I got was the Pittsburgh's Passion Linguine - black squid ink mixed with yellow saffron linguine.  I thought it might be a fun way to support the Steelers during the playoffs, so I made this for the first round game between the Steelers and the Broncos.

The owners of Olio Fresca had said that the Pittsburgh Passion Linguine would go well with a clam sauce, and I just so remembered having seen a recipe for that posted by fellow Pittsburgh food blogger Molly at Cooking For My Dad - perfect!  I followed Molly's recipe pretty closely, except I used six rather than four cloves of garlic, and instead of canned minced clams, I used about 3/4 of a pound of fresh clams and 1/2 cup of clam juice.  It turns out great!  (Thanks, Molly!)

Pittsburgh Passion Linguine from Olio Fresca with Clam Sauce
Pittsburgh's Passion Linguine with Clam Sauce

And what do you think about the football-shaped bowl? ;)

Unfortunately, the Steelers lost a close one that day, but I'm sure they'll be back next year stronger than ever.

Check out other recipes using Olio Fresca products here, and there will be more to come soon!  To purchase Olio Fresca pasta, check out their website for currently available products.