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Pasta with Clams and Vegetable Sauce Recipe

Looking for an easy Pasta with Clams and Vegetable Sauce recipe? Learn how to make Pasta with Clams and Vegetable Sauce using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by sailingchef

Makes 4 servings



Twenty years ago, this recipe, inspired by one of the Frugal Gourmet cookbooks, was a favorite in our house. Until recently, I hadn't made it for years, but it was so delicious that I can't imagine why it fell out of the repertoire. The recipe calls for canned clams and dried linguine or spaghetti, all of which I keep in the pantry, but fresh littlenecks and fresh pasta would be lovely, too. Just remember to reduce the cooking time if you use fresh ingredients. From www.theperfectpantry.com.

Recipe Ingredients for Pasta with Clams and Vegetable Sauce

1 lb linguine or spaghetti (I use dried pasta from the pantry)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 oz (1 rib) celery, diced
1/2 large green pepper, diced
2 medium zucchini, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced (or pressed)
1 large ripe tomato, chopped
1/2 lb button mushrooms, diced
12 oz chopped clams (drain one and reserve the liquid from the other)
1/4 cup chicken stock
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves (or 1/2 Tbsp dried thyme)
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (to taste)
1/2 tsp ground black pepper (to taste)
1 Kosher salt, to taste
1/2 cup Parmesan, fresh grated (or asiago cheese, more to taste)

Recipe Directions for Pasta with Clams and Vegetable Sauce

  1. In a very large nonstick frying pan over low-medium heat, sauté onion, celery and pepper in 2 Tbsp olive oil, for 1-2 minutes. Add garlic and zucchini, and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  2. Add clams and liquid from one can, stock, oregano and black pepper, stir, and cook for 2 minutes. Increase heat to high; add tomato and mushrooms, and cook for 3 minutes or until vegetables are just beginning to get tender.

  3. Drain the pasta and add it to the pan. Stir well to combine. Cook for an additional minute or two, until the vegetables are done.

  4. If the sauce is not thick enough (the starch from the pasta usually will thicken the sauce nicely), at the last minute, add the arrowroot solution a few drops at a time right into the boiling liquid in the pan, and stir until mixture is desired thickness (stay right with it; this will happen very quickly, and you don't want it to turn to goo).

  5. Transfer pasta to a platter, sprinkle with Parmigiano-Reggiano, and serve hot.

Categories

Pasta, Seafood, Vegetables, Main Dish, Italian

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 480.8g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
535
Calories from Fat
124
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
13.8g
21%
Saturated Fat
3.6g
18%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
94mg
31%
Sodium
638mg
27%
Potassium
936mg
27%
Total Carbohydrates
82.8g
28%
Dietary Fiber
3.7g
15%
Sugars
8.2g
Protein
22.2g
Vitamin A 19% Vitamin C 78%
Calcium 21% Iron 33%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
A-
  Good points
  • High in thiamin
  • High in vitamin C
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