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Today's Special: Herbed Clam Linguine

Today's Special: Herbed Clam Linguine

It's Friday, and I don't know about you but I've had a hard and exhausting week. Every once and awhile, on days like today, I like to reward myself with a decadent dinner. I want something easy to make but full in rich flavor that will melt in my mouth with each bite. Fresh pasta with just cut herbs and a hint of the ocean (in the form of clams) sounds heavenly. The smooth sauce is ready in the amount of time it takes to boil the pasta and if you have access to a local fish market, throw a few live clams into the pasta water and top the finished dish with the opened shells. Pour a glass of sparkling wine and cheers! - the weekend has finally arrived. For the recipe,

Herbed Clam Linguine
From Betty Crocker

3 quarts water
1 teaspoon salt
2 cans (6 1/2 ounces each) minced clams, drained and liquor reserved
1 package (8 ounces) linguine or spaghetti
1/4 cup butter or margarine
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
3/4 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/8 teaspoon pepper
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 cup whipping (heavy) cream
1/4 cup dry white wine or clam juice
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  1. Heat water, salt and reserved clam liquor to boiling in 4-quart Dutch oven. Gradually add linguine. Boil uncovered 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, just until tender; drain.
  2. While the pasta cooks, melt 2 tablespoons butter in 2-quart saucepan over low heat. Stir in parsley, basil, thyme, pepper, garlic and clams. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until clams are heated through. Stir in whipping cream and wine; heat through to thicken, stirring occasionally.
  3. Pour cooked linguine over sauce. Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons of the butter; add Parmesan cheese; toss until evenly coated.

Serves 4.

Nutrition Information: 1 Serving: Calories 490 (Calories from Fat 215 ); Total Fat 24 g (Saturated Fat 10 g); Cholesterol 65 mg; Sodium 530 mg; Total Carbohydrate 50 g (Dietary Fiber 2 g); Protein 21 g Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 28 %; Vitamin C 10 %; Calcium 16 %; Iron 76 % Exchanges: 3 Starch; 1 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Join The Conversation
DCStar DCStar 10 years
Ohhh YUM! Thanks party girl :)
SUGAR-addict-x SUGAR-addict-x 10 years
my family and i cooked this the other night-i HIGHLY recommend it. it was absolutely delicious.
kd0024 kd0024 10 years
This looks like my next meal, thanks YumSugar!
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
i always make pasta for dinner! this may just be for my next. BTW i dont cook dinner every night, so nooo i dont always eat pasta! lol
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
oh yums. im sooo going to have pasta for dinner now! :) i love how you described it party. soo good.
Midnightkiss4u09 Midnightkiss4u09 10 years
My husband loves clams.
Megg21 Megg21 10 years
mmm yum! I decided to make this for dinner since i already had some parsley, clams and thyme on hand. It was a really great simple recipe and quite flavorful. I added lots more pepper and cheese since i'm big on those flavours but it was great. I even ate my leftovers tonight! thanks for the recipe!
SU3 SU3 10 years
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Yum, this would be perfect tonight!
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
Ohhhh oh oh that looks soooo good. I am starving right now and it's still an hour til lunch!
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