When buying Vongole or clam shells, you should always opt for the fresh ones, in fact they should be alive. They can easily be stored overnight in the fridge. You can buy them washed, but if not, then you will need to clean them. See my tips below. This recipe is based on the Italian version and requires no cheese, so put that Parmesan back. The seafood is the hero and you truly want to taste that seafood flavour without overpowering it. If using fresh pasta, it’s such an easy and quick meal to make providing your fish monger sells you washed clams. If using dry pasta, allow an additional 10-12 minutes for cooking.