Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cook the pasta al dente, drain well, set aside, and mix with 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil so that it does not stick. To prepare the cheese-and-besciamella sauce (yields about 2 cups): In a medium

This slightly smoky version is based on the traditional, but would make a New England purist very upset. Scrub the clams thoroughly under cold running water and place in a large pot with 1 cup of boiling water. Cover the pot