The World's Healthiest Foods

Pasta with Clams

This healthy variation of clam pasta is a delicious, quick, and easy way to have highly nutritious clams in your diet. It is lighter than some pasta recipes and the abundance of basil adds extra healthy benefits and flavor.

Pasta with Clams Prep and Cook Time: 20 minutes

¼ lb whole wheat spiral pasta
1 medium sized onion, minced
½ cup + 1 TBS chicken or vegetable broth
10 oz can whole clams with juice
1 TBS tomato paste
1 15oz can diced tomatoes
pinch red chili flakes
½ cup chopped fresh basil
6 medium cloves garlic, pressed
2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
salt and black pepper to taste
*optional ½ cup shredded parmesan

  1. Bring water to a boil and cook pasta according to package instructions.
  2. While water is coming to a boil and pasta is cooking, heat 1 TBS broth over medium heat in a 10-12 inch non-stick skillet. Healthy Sauté onion in broth for about 4 minutes stirring frequently.
  3. Add tomato paste, and diced tomatoes. Cook for another 10 minutes on high heat to reduce and intensify sauce. Add clams and cook for another 2 minutes.
  4. Add pressed garlic, chopped basil, olive oil, salt, pepper and chili flakes. Remove from heat immediately and toss with cooked, drained pasta.

    Serves 4

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Healthy Cooking Tips: Make sure your clams cook just long enough to heat through. Obviously if you happen to get chopped clams they will take less time than whole. If they cook too long they will get tough and rubbery. Even though the recipe calls for reducing the sauce 10 minutes, temperature varies in stoves so test the sauce for flavor. If it still tastes a little weak, simmer a little longer before adding clams. Keep in mind the added garlic, olive oil and basil at the end will certainly increase the flavor. To keep the sauce from getting too salty, add at the end. Salt intensifies as it cooks. This way you can control the saltiness. Check pasta often while cooking to make sure it doesn’t over cook. If it is done before the sauce, rinse it with very hot water and drain well to freshen it and keep it from sticking right before tossing with the sauce. This is a healthier method than tossing it with a lot of oil to keep it from sticking together.

This page was updated on: 2002-09-27 13:24:20
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