Spaghetti with happy clams


A traditional Mediterranean dish and lots of tiny animals that live under the sand in the sea – clams. Their lives spared by this dish! Enjoy your crueltyfree meal!


Ingredients for 2 people:

200g spaghetti

200g pistachio nuts (with shells)

1 piece of kombu algae and a handful of nori algae (crumbled)

1 or 2 cloves garlic

Chilli (as desired)

4 plum tomatoes

Bunch of parsley

Olive oil

Extra-virgin olive oil

1 spoonful wholemeal flour

1 bay leaf


2 hours before cooking, put the 2 types of algae to soak (other kinds of algae can be used)

Use a large frying pan to make the sauce – a generous dose of olive oil, whole garlic cloves, (I’m always desperately looking for them, stealing them from my partner), half a dried chilli in pieces, a bay leaf.

Add the pistachio “clams” with the chopped alga and a couple of spoonfuls of the soak water and cover. After a few minutes, add the chopped tomatoes. Shell about half the pistachios, or more, depending how much you want to use your hands later. Meanwhile, put the spaghetti into boiling water.

Drain the spaghetti when it’s only half-cooked and let it finish cooking in the sauce, to which you have added the rest of the soak water (not more than half a cup anyway). When it’s nearly done, add the flour. Take off the heat and add a couple of handfuls of chopped parsley and a dash of olive oil, et voilà.

  1. Nello 7 March 2010 at 15:54

    Hi Mariagrazia! Nice too meet you 😛

    I love pasta and I like spaghetti!!!

    This dish is very inviting 😛

  2. Mariagrazia 8 March 2010 at 12:07

    Nice to meet you too!
    I would have guessed you were fond of noodles…
    so try this dish, it won’t upset you!
    And my compliments for your English fluency…

  3. Mäuschen 11 March 2010 at 11:03

    happy clams and happy mice!
    Hope your wrist is going better 🙂
    Wonderful recipe, If only I could find the courage to try it for my guests… (I’m afraid I cannot do such a wonder…)

  4. rumorfree 11 March 2010 at 11:29

    hello my darling!! What a surprise, your wonderful happy clams!! How are you? I hope better and do you feel without “gesso”??? kisses and hugs….

  5. Mimi 11 March 2010 at 11:42

    Mary, our dear Mary, your spaghetti with happy clams , have a really fantastic ..!!! 😉

  6. Mäuschen 11 March 2010 at 13:17

    Yahooo!! A new picture of you!!! your wonderful hair and your charming “Cheshire cat” 🙂
    How beatiful!!!!!

  7. francesco 11 March 2010 at 16:56

    Dear Mariagrazia: Wow!!!!! your spaghetti are delicious to see in picture, possibly more delicious to eat. No ‘possibly’ — I am sure they are a ‘must’ for a vegan beginner like me. Many thanks for your recipe! francesco

  8. Mariagrazia 11 March 2010 at 17:51

    @ Mauschen (Cris)
    yes! happy all the holy creatures on Earth!
    My wrist is fixed, but I have to exercise it a bit!
    As for your desire to reproduce my dish, I am sure you can do pretty well with your lucky guests!

    @ Rumorfree (Claudia)
    Nice to meet you also here! yes, I feel better without plaster!
    A big hug!

    @ Mimì
    you probably missed a word, but I understand what you mean!
    You really are fantastic!

    @ Cris
    Yes, I changed the picture, the previous one was winter tuned with colours and now we are heading towards spring! (even though it is snowing everywhere, trees are flowering and 21st March is not so far away…).
    I’ll tell Cirino about his new nick, “Cheshire cat”, it fits!

  9. Nello 11 March 2010 at 21:17

    I’m very happy that you feel better without plaster 😀
    The new photo is more pretty than the other, and Cirino is so cuddly 😛

    I’ll not forget to reply at the email 😀
    I’m sorry for the delay…


  10. Mariagrazia 11 March 2010 at 22:55

    No problem, Nello. I constantly get news about you here and there in the blogs!
    Take care

  11. Pizza pie 12 March 2010 at 18:01

    I know this! I know this! Yes yes yes! I have a lot of pistachio nuts in my cupboard… I know what to do with now! Kisses from Paris!

  12. Mariagrazia 12 March 2010 at 18:01

    @ Francesco
    Happy to welcome you here!
    If you visit us on a regular basis, you will soon become an advanced vegan! Anyway, also a beginner can afford this simple but surprising dish! You can also leave the algae behind and it is still very tasty!

  13. Pizza pie 12 March 2010 at 18:04

    I agree with Nello: this picture is much more better, I like it!

  14. Mariagrazia 12 March 2010 at 18:04

    @ Pizza Pie
    So try it and tell me your opinion!

  15. Mariagrazia 12 March 2010 at 18:07

    @ Barbara

  16. Pizza pie 12 March 2010 at 18:07

    I will do this week-end probably: my everlasting diet limits carbohydrate but on Sunday I don’t know the word “diet”!!!!

  17. Jim 16 March 2010 at 22:58

    I love your reinvention of simple old style Italian country food.
    Always happy at your table, I must tell the world you are a cook who can turn straw to gold!

  18. Chicca66 17 March 2010 at 13:26

    This recipe is one of the most beautiful do, great Mariagrazia;-)

  19. Mariagrazia 17 March 2010 at 17:48

    @ Pizzapie
    you postponed?

    @ Jim
    Always happy to have an angel like you at my table!

    @ Chicca
    I am happy like my clams to meet you here!
    Your effort to communicate in a foreign language is admirable!
    I advise everybody to take a look to her Italian recipe’s list in Veganblog (click on the Italian flag on top and look for her under vegchef!).

  20. Stefano 5 April 2010 at 07:43

    Towards the Ecozoic Era… Compassion, deep ecology and eco-pacifist food.
    Mother Earth and little clams thank you, Mariagrazia!

  21. Mariagrazia 5 April 2010 at 22:01

    @ Stefano
    It is just a little thing I am doing… but with all my heart!

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