This healthy version of clam sauce and pasta features canned clams in a light sauce of butter, onion and garlic served over linguine or other pasta of your choice.

Catherine Broihier, MS, RD, and Kimberly Mayone
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Cook the linguine according to the package directions. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the pasta water before draining.

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  • While the pasta cooks, make the clam sauce: In a skillet over medium heat, warm the butter until hot, about 2 minutes. Sauté onion and garlic 1 minute. Add salt and pepper; continue to sauté another minute, or until onion is soft and garlic is fragrant but not browned. Add the drained chopped clams and reserved 2 tablespoons clam juice; stir gently to combine, and simmer.

  • Add reserved 2 tablespoons pasta water to the skillet with the sauce. Stir sauce, and continue to simmer 3 minutes or until slightly thickened.

  • Toss the linguine with olive oil and divide between two bowls. Top each serving of pasta with half of the clam sauce, 1 tablespoon cheese, and a sprinkling of chopped scallion.

Nutrition Facts

595 calories; fat 15g; saturated fat 6g; mono fat 4g; poly fat 2g; protein 58g; carbohydrates 55g; fiber 2g; cholesterol 146mg; iron 54mg; sodium 475mg; calcium 255mg.