Whole Wheat Linguini with Clams and Fennel Pollen

Photo by Randy Harris

1 poundWhole wheat linguini
3 tablespoonsExtra-virgin olive oil plus more for drizzling
½ smallFennel bulb, finely chopped
2 tablespoonsCoarsely chopped fennel fronds and more for garnish
6 clovesGarlic, chopped
¾ cupDry white wine
3 poundsSmall clams (such as Manila) or cockles, scrubbed
Freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon (or more to taste)Pollen Ranch Fennel Pollen


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until almost al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta cooking liquid.

Meanwhile, heat 3 tablespoons oil in another large heavy pot over medium heat. Add chopped fennel and garlic; cook, stirring often, until softened but not browned, 2-3 minutes.

Add wine, then clams. Increase heat to high. Cover and cook until clams open, 4-7 minutes, depending on size of clams. As clams open, use tongs to transfer them to a large bowl (discard any that do not open).

Add 1/2 cup reserved pasta cooking liquid to clam juices in pot; bring to a boil. Add pasta to pot. Cook over high heat, tossing constantly, until pasta is al dente and has soaked up some of the sauce, 2-3 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper. Add clams with any juices from bowl and 2 tablespoons fennel fronds; toss to combine, adding more pasta liquid by tablespoonfuls if dry.

Divide among bowls. Drizzle with oil; garnish with fennel fronds and fennel pollen.

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