Rachael Ray's Linguini with White Clam Sauce

Ever since I made this easy Clam Chowder last year I've loved including clams in the meal plan every now and then. They're not my absolute favorite choice for seafood but their salty goodness of the sea keeps bringing me back to them much to Patrick's dismay.

Here's a tip sheet from Choose My Plate.gov with 10 Tips to Help you eat more Seafood. It claims that clams provide healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Some of my other clam research found that clams are also a great source of iron.

Another reason why I keep clams in the meal plan rotation is because they're a great pantry option. I can keep a can of clams on the shelf and know they'll be good with potatoes for the chowder or with some pasta. On this particular evening we served with a side salad to make sure we were getting a serving of vegetables!

Rachael Ray's Linguini with White Clam Sauce
   Prep time 5 min | Cook time 15 min | Serves 4

1 pound linguini [whole wheat]
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
6 fillets flat anchovies, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2 to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 (15-ounce) can whole baby clams, with their juice
Handful flat-leaf parsley, chopped [optional]

   Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt and the linguini and cook to an extra chewy al dente, 7 minutes or so. The linguini will continue to cook in sauce, later.
   To a large skillet heated over medium heat, add oil, anchovies, garlic, thyme and red pepper flakes. Cook together until anchovies melt into oil and break up completely. Add wine to the pan and give the pan a shake. Add clams and their juice. Drain pasta and add it to the clam sauce. Toss and coat the pasta in sauce with clams until the pasta absorbs the flavor and juices, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and season with salt, add parsley and serve.

1 comment:

  1. I have never cooked with clams. Will have to try them. I was glad to see your reference to choose my plate. We used that web site so much with kids at school.