Linguini and White Clam Sauce

I always have a cans of clams in the house
for this favorite, easy, quick dinner.

It’s a favorite of ours to order when we go out,
but it’s just as good at home. You can add fresh
clams in the shells to the sauce to fancy it up,
but here’s the quick version.
I usually have everything else I need.

  Basic pantry items; linguini, garlic,
parsley from my herb garden, olive oil,
butter, and wine

Chop the garlic and fresh parsley

 Saute the garlic with the salt in butter and
olive oil until tender and lightly golden.

 Add the clam broth, and white wine.
I also add a little chopped fresh oregano,
if I have it,  and a dash of Worcestershire
sauce. A lot of clam sauce recipes have
anchovies in them. W-sauce is a
good substitute.

Add the black pepper and red pepper
 flakes to taste, about 1/4t each.
Simmer for about 10  minutes.

 Stir in the chopped clams and fresh parsley.
Heat through.

Toss the sauce with the linguini, and give it a
spray of lemon juice. You can also just
 spoon the sauce over the pasta on your plate.

Here it is in a big serving bowl.

Garnish with parsley.

Serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Linguini & White Clam Sauce

¼ C olive oil
¼ C butter
2 cloves garlic, minced, about 1T
½  t salt
¼ t  red pepper flakes
½  C white wine, about
2 7oz cans chopped clams, drain and reserve liquid
¼  C chopped fresh parsley
1 t chopped fresh oregano, optional
1 squirt (¼ t)  Worcestershire sauce, optional
12 oz. linguini, about 3/4 box, cooked
A spritz of lemon juice 
1. Start the water for the pasta in a large pot.
   Salt the water and cook the linguini for 10-12
         Meanwhile make the clam sauce.
2. Heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet.
    Saute the chopped garlic, add the salt until
    lightly golden.
3. Drain the  the clams, reserving the liquid in a
    measuring cup.
4. Add enough white wine to equal 1-½ C liquid.
5. Add the liquid to the pan and simmer for 10
    minutes. Add the squirt of Worcestershire
    sauce and oregano, if using.
6. Add the chopped clams, red and black peppers.
7. Stir in the parsley and heat through.
    Spritz with lemon juice.
8. Toss with the linguini. Sprinkle with
    freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
                                             4 servings
A good crusty bread, salad  and the rest of the wine round out this dinner.


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