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Spaghetti with Creamy Clam Sauce

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Active Time:  15 Minutes
Total Time:  25 Minutes
  Makes 4 main-dish servings
This creamy version of the ever-popular pasta with clam sauce cooks in minutes. If small cans of minced clams are pantry staples, you can prepare an enticing meal with very little notice. Serve with a green salad and crusty bread to soak up the sauce.
8 ounces dried spaghetti or linguine or 1 pound fresh linguine or other ribbon pasta Sauce
For Sauce:
2  6-1/2 ounce cans minced clams
half and half, light cream, or milk
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons margarine or butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon dried basil or oregano, crushed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup snipped fresh parsley
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
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In a large saucepan or pasta pot bring 3 quarts water to boiling. Add pasta. Reduce heat slightly. Boil, uncovered, for 8-12 minutes for dried pasta or 1 1/2-2 minutes for fresh, or till al dente, stirring occasionally. (Or, cook according to package directions.) Immediately drain.

FOR SAUCE: Meanwhile, drain clams, reserving liquid. Add enough half-and-half, light cream, or milk to the reserved liquid to make 1 and 3/4 cups.

In a medium saucepan cook the onion and garlic in hot margarine or butter for about 5 minutes, or till onion is tender but not brown. Stir in the flour, basil or oregano, salt, and pepper. Add the cream mixture all at once. Cook and stir till thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 1 minute more. Stir in the parsley, wine, and clams. Heat through.

Serve sauce over hot pasta. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Makes 4 main-dish servings
Calories: 555
Fat. Total: 17g
Fiber: 2g
Carbohydrates, Total: 59g
Sodium: 398mg
% Cal. from Fat: 28%
Cholesterol: 105mg
Protein: 37g
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Rating: 5
by: Carissa, AB Reviewed: 01/06/2008
Great recipe but it was missing one very important ingredient... lemon. After tasting it the way the recipe calls for it to be made, there was definitely something missing. After adding several squeezes of lemon, it was perfect. It was quick and easy to make... will definitely make again.
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