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Cannabis-Infused Pasta with Clams and Green Chilies

Updated: Mar 16, 2022

Editor’s Note: This recipe has been modified from the version developed by Andrew Brochu to include cannabutter instead of regular butter. You’ll find the original non-cannabis recipe here. At Chicago’s Roister restaurant, chef Andrew Brochu puts a delicious spin on classic pasta with clam sauce, adding a spicy green chile ragout, fresh herbs, crème fraîche and lime juice. Note: As cannabis regulation continues to evolve across the United States and around the world, please consult your local laws. Slideshow: More Seafood Pasta Recipes

By Andrew Brochu


Active: 1 hr Total: 1 hr 20 mins

Yield: 4 to 6


Ingredients Checklist

  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3/4 cup lightly packed mint leaves, plus more for garnish

  • 1/2 cup lightly packed parsley leaves

  • 1/4 cup snipped chives

  • 2 small poblano chiles—stemmed, seeded and diced

  • 1 Cubanelle pepper—stemmed, seeded and diced

  • 2 ounces shishito peppers, stemmed and thinly sliced

  • Kosher salt

  • Pepper

  • 3 shallots—2 thinly sliced and 1 minced

  • 4 garlic cloves—2 minced and 2 crushed

  • 2 tablespoons drained capers

  • 2 teaspoons each black peppercorns, coriander seeds, fennel seeds and mustard seeds

  • 1 cup dry white wine

  • 2 cups bottled clam juice

  • 3 1/2 dozen mixed clams, such as Manila, razor and littleneck, scrubbed

  • 12 ounces pipe rigate or mezze rigatoni pasta

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 tablespoon Premium Cannabutter

  • 4 tablespoons crème fraîche

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • Wasabi masago (wasabi caviar), for garnish


Instructions Checklist

Step 1

In a blender, combine 1/2 cup of the olive oil with 1/4 cup of the mint and the parsley and chives and puree until smooth. Strain the herb oil through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl, pressing on the solids; discard the solids in the sieve.

Step 2

In a large cast-iron skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil until nearly smoking. Add the poblanos, Cubanelle, shishitos and a generous pinch each of salt and pepper. Cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until blistered in spots and just softened, about 3 minutes. Add the minced shallot, minced garlic and capers and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until just softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Let cool slightly, then stir in the herb oil.

Step 3

In a large pot, toast the mixed spices over moderate heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the sliced shallots and crushed garlic, then carefully add the wine and simmer until reduced by half, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the clam juice and bring to a boil. Add the clams, cover and steam over high heat, stirring occasionally, until the clams open, about 10 minutes. Using tongs, transfer the clams to a large rimmed baking sheet to cool slightly, then remove the meat from the shells; discard the shells and any clams that do not open. Strain the clam cooking liquid through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl; discard the solids.

Step 4

Meanwhile, in a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain well.

Step 5

Wipe out the pot. Add the butter and cook until melted. Add the clams, chile mixture, pasta, crème fraîche and 1/2 cup of the strained clam cooking liquid and cook over moderately high heat, tossing, until hot, about 3 minutes. Stir in the Premium Cannabutter, lime juice, and the remaining 1/2 cup of mint and season generously with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowls, garnish with more mint and the wasabi masago and serve right away.

Make Ahead

The prepared chile mixture can be refrigerated overnight. Bring to room temperature before using.


Each serving contains 7 to 11 mg THC based on the Premium Cannabutter recipe and a 20% THC strain of cannabis.

This recipe was developed in partnership with Kitchen Toke, the first media company dedicated to teaching people about culinary cannabis for health and wellness.

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