Bowtie Pasta with Mushroom Sauce
On Christmas Eve (la vigilia), it is traditional to serve seven fish courses. Some say the number represents the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church, while others claim it is a practice reserved for Advent, the last full week before Christmas Eve. Plenty of these traditional fish dishes were part of my childhood Christmases, including this one of clams and linguine in tomato sauce. Other fish dishes on the Christmas Eve table included salt cod in tomatoes and wine, haddock cooked in olive oil and marinated in lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper, and squid, both with spaghetti and broccoli, and stuffed with bread crumbs and stewed.
Can I cook the whole clams in the shell with whole tomatoes at the same time? If yes for how long should they cook?