Easy Spaghetti and Clams

    Easy Spaghetti and Clams

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    This recipes uses tinned clams which can be hard to find but is otherwise a really easy meal! Serve with crusty bread.

    Serves: 4 

    • 250g uncooked pasta
    • 65g butter
    • 1/2 cup chopped onion
    • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
    • 500g tinned chopped clams, drained with juices reserved
    • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1/4 cup (65ml) water
    • 100g freshly grated Parmesan cheese

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
    2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large frypan over medium-low heat. Stir in onion and garlic and cook 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent. Add clams, stirring frequently for 3 minutes or until clams are lightly browned. Stir in parsley, olive oil and reserved clam juice mixed with enough water to equal 2 cups liquid.
    3. Increase heat and bring to a low boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve over pasta with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.
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    I would say this recipe is a keeper, however, I had to modify for what I had on hand, then still, I tweaked it a bit. First, I only used one 6.5 oz can of minced clams, but I chopped up about 3/4 cup mushrooms and added that for more "meatiness". I didn't have any white wine on hand (shame!), so I used the clam juice and chicken broth with a twist of fresh lemon juice and a splash of half-and-half to give the sauce some body. I also wanted a thicker sauce, so I thickened it with 2 tsp corn starch and 2 tsp cold half-and-half. The lemon gave it a great balance of acidity (replacing the wine). I also boiled my pasta in a broth/water combo for more flavor. Overall a very quick dish paired with a spinach salad! Perfect!  -  25 Sep 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This one is excellent. Get out your clams and put away your heavy cream.  -  09 Apr 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Delicious recipe and very easy. I couldn't find 8 oz chopped clams, only the 6 oz can. Used two of these, would probably double recipe next time.  -  07 Apr 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)

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