This is a quick and healthy recipe that I have been craving ever since I saw Jenna’s post called “Happy as a Clam”. I always used to LOVE linguini with white clam sauce at restaurants, but the butter heavy sauce and multiple servings of pasta that came with the order make it something I can’t eat very often, unless I make it at home!
What you need (for 2 servings):
- Pasta (of your choice)
- 1 tbsp light butter (or regular)
- 1 tsp canola oil
- 1 can chopped/minced clams
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 shallot, minced
- red pepper flakes
- shredded parmesan (optional)
Boil a pot of water to cook 2 servings of pasta in. Once the water is boiling, start your sauce.
Heat the oil and butter over medium heat in a pan, and then add the garlic and shallot. After it becomes fragrant (1-2 minute), add in the can of clams (with the juice) plus a pinch of red pepper flakes (or more if you like it spicy!)
Cook that together while the pasta boils (8 minutes for the quinoa spaghetti), then toss the pasta directly into the sauce pan and mix it up.
This was SOOOOO good. I was kind of shocked at how delicious/buttery it tasted with only 1 tbsp of light butter in there, and I didn’t even end up using parmesan because I didn’t need it at all. The whole recipe is 10 points on WW, so half is just 5, which is low for a butter based sauce over pasta!
I served half of the pasta with a salad topped with tomatoes, craisins, and sunflower seeds (doesn’t really match, I know) plus a piece of toasted 7 grain bread with a little butter and some garlic powder. To be honest, I was a little wary of using the canned clams. I bought them almost a year ago when they were on sale but they kept getting pushed further and further back in my pantry. Yesterday I had plans to make a sweet potato and butternut squash soup, but on the metro home I realized what I really wanted was pasta with white clam sauce, so I went with it and am so glad I did. It totally hit the spot and I practically licked my plate clean because it was so delicious.
Practically is a loose term for actually… 🙂
Do you ever change up your meal plan if you’re craving something different, or are you good about sticking to the plan? What is your favorite dish to order out at an Italian restaurant?