Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Easy Pasta Side Dish

I have a lot of fans of pasta with white clam sauce around here, but I don't want to serve it as a main dish. I have concocted a lighter version, with fewer clams but still plenty of flavor. Real Italians, please don't be offended that I've messed with your food heritage.


1 pound linguini, spaghetti or angel hair

2 6-ounce cans of whole clams
olive oil

3 minced garlic cloves
1 bunch scallions, chopped
1 bunch parsley, chopped
copious amounts of fresh ground black pepper
2 cups pasta cooking water

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Pour some of the cooking water into a 2 cup measuring cup, and set aside, then drain the pasta and put your pot lid on top of the colander to keep the pasta hot. Return your pot to the stove, and pour enough olive oil into the pot to just cover the bottom. Turn the stove to medium heat and saute the minced garlic and scallions for a minute. Add the parsley, and cook another minute. Add the clams with the juice from the can, quickly heat through, then add the pasta back to the pan and turn off the heat. Stir the pasta to combine it with the sauce, and add enough of the reserved pasta water to give it your desired consistency. Serve at once.

This is very fast, very flavorful and relatively low calorie (and it only uses one pan, so cleanup is easy). What more could you want in January, when we are all still resolving to lose a few pounds?

(And, yes, we are still using our Christmas dishes. I'm not allowed to put them away until all of the kids have returned to college, January 17th).


Nichole said...

Low calorie pastas are always good in my book!

Mango said...

I love the Christmas plates. Why not stay festive?

Mango Momma

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I have not seen tinned clams here, perhaps I should look a bit harder ar this looks very yummy. Diane

gMarie said...

Those aren't Christmas dishes - they are winter dishes! I don't see santa or anything specifically Christmassy. Enjoy them.

I might try your pasta - JB would enjoy it. g

Channon said...

Clams are a food group for me, so... what's not to love?! I don't know about canned clams, but I'm pretty sure longnecks are in season, or will be VERY soon!

Pam said...

Bookmarked... I love how light and simple this is.

Big Dude said...

I love pasta and clams, but never think to serve pasta as a side. Maybe it's because I like it so well, I don't want anything interferring with it.

Linda said...

That would be a main dish for me!!

altadenahiker said...

Finally, I'm ahead of the curve. Or at least on it. Pasta with clams. I also put in a tin of anchovies.