Linguine with Clams

Linguine alle vongole, or linguine with clams, is an Italian classic, and with good reason: The al dente pasta, briny fresh clams and garlicky wine sauce all combine to create a whole greater than the sum of its parts. We like to make it with fresh pasta, which has a wonderfully silky texture, but you can substitute 3/4 lb. (375 g) dried linguine or even spaghetti instead.