I love linguine with clam sauce. When I was on the swim team in high school, we would go to The Old Spaghetti Factory before big meets. Only now do I question whether I really needed to carb load for my 50 and 100 freestyle events, haha! My dish of choice was their pasta with white clam sauce…creamy, buttery and definitely carb-y :) I haven’t had that dish in many years, but my love for pasta with seafood has never really gone away. This is a dish that satisfies that craving, but doesn’t have all the cream and butter that a typical white clam sauce has…perfect for a spring evening with a glass of chilled white wine!
First, saute a minced shallot in some olive oil until softened. I love how the shallot has a toned down onion flavor, there is very little sharpness to it. Add one minced garlic clove, and saute for about one minute.Next, drain and reserve the liquid from three cans of chopped clams. You will need 1/2 cup of the reserved liquid for the sauce.
Add the chopped clams and cook for about 3 minutes. Then add the reserved liquid, white wine or pasta water, pinch of red pepper flakes, and lemon juice. Bring to a simmer and cook for another 3 minutes. If you have little ones, you can omit the red pepper flakes and add some at the end to your own plate :)
Add the cooked al dente pasta to the pan and toss with the sauce. Sprinkle freshly grated Parmesan on the top and some chopped parsley if desired. One of my readers commented that the chicken pot pie recipe I posted two weeks ago was “easy fancy”. I really like that phrase as those are my favorite kinds of recipes…ones that looked like they took a lot of time to make, but are actually deceptively easy :) I would classify this pasta as an easy, fancy dinner…perfect for weekends, but also very do-able on a weeknight as it takes less than 30 minutes to prepare!
Healthy Linguine with Clam Sauce
slightly adapted from Iowa Girl Eats, who reprinted with permission from White Jacket Required
8 oz al dente linguine or spaghetti
1 shallot, minced
1 T olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
3 cans chopped clams (6.5 oz each), drained and liquid reserved
1/2 cup reserved clam liquid
Juice of one lemon
1/4 cup white wine or reserved pasta water
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Chopped parsley (optional)
Cook pasta according to directions.
Saute minced shallot in olive oil over medium heat until softened. Add minced garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add drained clams and cook for 3 minutes. Add reserved clam liquid, lemon juice, and white wine (or pasta water). Add red pepper flakes to taste. Bring liquid to a simmer and then cook for another 3 minutes. Add al dente pasta to the pan and toss with the sauce. Serve with lots of freshly grated Parmesan cheese on top, and chopped parsley if desired.
In other news, we’ve had quite a bit of sickness in our house lately. I was sick two weeks ago, followed by my son, and then my daughter. Then my husband came home with a different cold, our son got a new cold…you get the drift. Daycare, school, both of our work with sick kids…it’s a bit of a doozy in terms of bringing home germs. I wash my hands non-stop at work and clean all my instruments meticulously, but still you can’t help the air you breathe! It’s amounted to a lot less sleep for this mama, and I’m starting to feel the effects. Thankfully, we are all recovered, and hopefully will stay healthy for a while! We’re getting back into fun activities, including trips to the zoo and aquarium :) Hope you are having a great week!
What sport did you play in high school?
I was a swimmer, and was also on the bowling team :) Incidentally, my husband was also on the bowling team in his high school! We don’t go bowling nearly enough together…will have to make that happen soon.
What do you crave when you’re feeling sick?
I crave chicken noodle soup and homemade miso soup!