Spring is Sprung! Spaghetti with Clams & Chourizo Sausage.

September 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

I have soooooo woken up with a little Spring fever today.   I just love this sexy season! The sun starts to shine brightly again, the fruit on the fan palm in my garden finally turns from bullet green in both colour and morbidity to a golden mango yellowy orange temptress that the Cape starlings cannot resist! The cacophony of twitters and chirps like the rantings of a Zulu praise speaker ….. and I spend hours watching the birds filling their beaks and tummies with the soft juicy fruit. Summer is just about here and I can feel tendrils of excitement crawling up the back of my legs.


I had planned to post my spring lamb recipe ….. but the colours just don’t seem to please my eyes enough this morning. I am posting an original JanT recipe, the inspiration for which comes from a Portuguese dish called, Porco-Alentejana.


Porco- Alentejana is a traditional dish of pork with clams and potatoes.   I can claim the conception of this dish but the cooking of said dish I will credit to the wonderful pasta making hands of TrickyRicky. He has beautiful hands.


Spaghetti with Clams and Chorizo Sausage.









1 finely chopped large onion

2Tbs of finely chopped garlic

½ Chorizo Sausage – cut in half and chopped into 3mm slices

400g of halved cherry tomatoes

2 glasses of dry white wine

1 chicken stock cube

1 jar of clams for a little extra meat (you can also use a tin of clams in brine)

400g clams

2 – 3 chopped chillies

Fresh basil


This dish is ready in about 10 minutes so put a large pot of salted water to boil about 15 minutes

before starting the sauce.

When the water is boiling add one packet of spaghetti to the water and stir.



Heat ½ cup of olive oil in a frying pan

Brown the garlic, chilli and onion

Add the clams, 2 glasses of white wine, black pepper, 1 chicken stock cube and stir together



Add the tomatoes and Chorizo Sausage





Cover with a lid and bring to the boil – when the sauce is boiling lift off the lid and boil down by half.



By this time your pasta will be ready – don’t overcook the spaghetti.

Don’t bother to drain the spaghetti in a colander – just scoop it out of the water and add it directly to the frying pan – let the pasta finish cooking in the sauce as it will suck up all of the wonderful flavour ……..



Serve with a sprig of fresh basil ….




Pasta finita!



I wish you all a sparkling Spring Day ….



Do you recognize this dude




Tino-the-claw aka Grumpy!



Buon Appetito




18 responses to Spring is Sprung! Spaghetti with Clams & Chourizo Sausage.

  1. Tee hee Hi Grumpy! Lovely recipe Jan!

  2. Tino-the-claw scares me! I can just hear him saying “you dirty cat!don’t call me scar-face” :)

  3. Ooh yummy! Never thought of combining chourizo with clams before ;o).

  4. U had to be really quick to get that pic of Tino in action – He is too cute – vicious or not. Lovely recipe and pics as usual, Jan.

  5. Too delicious, want to eat it right now. I love clams and love chorizo — great combo.

    p.s. love the cat pic, the expression is wonderful

  6. AWesome recipe! Saw some clams at the Frtui & Veg the other, didnt know what one would do with it! (going back there!) Lol’s the cat does look like the cartoon! He’s got this ‘sod-off’ look on his face! hehe ;) Have a fabulous Spring Day!! xxx

  7. Thanks Shaz and let me tell you he can be such a little sod too!!!!! He doesn’t miauw a pretty little kitty meow he makes a noise like a goat!!! Eish … he adopted us about 12 years ago … he is my squatter cat!!!! Have a great evening hun xxx hugs to Jessica xxxx

  8. Thanks Kristy – hope you try it out – 40 lekker!!!!! xxxxx jan

  9. Thanks Mitzi – he is such a little bugger!!! xxxx jan
    ps: but we do love him!!!

  10. They love each other – truly!!! Thanks Tiggs have a great evening xxx jan

  11. He is so old Sue – a real old sod … he adopted us about 12 years ago!! Squattercat!
    ps: he is so old that his bottom teeth have started to fall out!!!

  12. Thanks Caro xxx have a good evening xxx jan

  13. Hi, I am Tino II – grumpy cos winter came back today! Happy spring day Jan xxx

  14. Happy Spring Day to you too – isn’t he the grynch! He is my squattercat – he adopted us and you have never met such a demanding dude. He only eats chicken livers or lambs kidneys – demands some ham whilst we are eating breakfast … and insists on walking on my laptop while I try and type. He is such a character …. he and Bubblz are great mates – but he rules the roost. Both Bubblz and Feenix move over when he marches through the house! If Tino gets into one of their baskets – they wouldnt dare move him!!! hahaha …. but we do love him hey! xxxx pets! they are just the best xxxx jan

  15. Hi — I am having to look after my son & daughter in laws cats–they have gone to New York to watch the US OPEN & they seem to think every time i enter the house it is food or play time–& when i get home my dog has a hissy fit because he can smell the cats. Your new baby looks quite a character-Have a wonderful weekend

  16. Thanks Usha – these little fur balls are such little characters aren’t they. Hope you have a fantastic weekend xxx jan

  17. Wow, I love this adapted recipe. My mom used to make Carne de Porco a Alentejana so often. It is one of my favourite pork dishes. Brings back memories. When I’m down in Durban again I will be sure to pop in…we have very similar tastes in food. We will do a colab…:)
    Enjoy your weekend Jan.

  18. Thanks Ana – I would LOVE that! Please be sure to let me know xxxx thanks xxx jan

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