clam linguine

05.24.10

Cooking with clams was new to me, but they are so simple, I’m not sure why I was so hesitant! All I needed was the motivation of a recipe and a free night to spend a little time in the kitchen.

The pasta was delicious with a bit of spice from the chiles, smoky flavor from the bacon and briny flavor from the sea. All of the flavors that I so often desire, over some chewy, whole-grain pasta.

Linguine with Clams – 2 servings

  • 2 slices bacon
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  •  3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 chile (medium heat), sliced
  • 1 lb little-neck clams
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 4 Tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 6 oz whole grain linguine (I used fresh)

Cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, crumble and set aside.

Add olive oil,  garlic, chile, clams and wine to pan used for bacon and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes, until clams have opened and released juices. Remove clams and set aside.

Meanwhile cook pasta as directed, saving cooking liquid.

Add pasta, 1/2 cup reserved cooking liquid, bacon, 2 Tbsp parsley and toss until sauce has thickened. Divide pasta onto plates and top with clams and additional parsley.

Healthy Hint: Pasta is something that the taster and I can both overeat without even realizing it. An easy solution? Only making the number of servings we need! No leftovers mean no extra or bites or servings!

24 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Mo
    May 24, 2010 @ 10:29 am

    I have never cooked with clams before either. I guess I have always been intimidated by clams and mussels, even though I love to order them out.
    Thanks for giving me the courage to give it a go.

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  2. Mo
    May 24, 2010 @ 10:29 am

    I have never cooked with clams before either. I guess I have always been intimidated by clams and mussels, even though I love to order them out.
    Thanks for giving me the courage to give it a go.

    Reply

  3. thehealthyjunky
    May 24, 2010 @ 12:51 pm

    I always tend to overeat pasta as well! Great tip!
    I have never cooked with clams either but have ordered them at restaurant. This recipe looks tasty!

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  4. thehealthyjunky
    May 24, 2010 @ 12:51 pm

    I always tend to overeat pasta as well! Great tip!
    I have never cooked with clams either but have ordered them at restaurant. This recipe looks tasty!

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  5. actorsdiet
    May 24, 2010 @ 2:04 pm

    how funny – i was literally just thinking about how long it’s been since i’ve had linguini with clam sauce (one of my favorites) right before i saw this. it’s a sign!!!

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  6. actorsdiet
    May 24, 2010 @ 2:04 pm

    how funny – i was literally just thinking about how long it’s been since i’ve had linguini with clam sauce (one of my favorites) right before i saw this. it’s a sign!!!

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  7. mary beth hughes
    May 24, 2010 @ 2:47 pm

    to be honest i am not as into this recipe as i am the pictures. they are amazing! i need to come over for some camera lessons.

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  8. mary beth hughes
    May 24, 2010 @ 2:47 pm

    to be honest i am not as into this recipe as i am the pictures. they are amazing! i need to come over for some camera lessons.

    Reply

  9. Estela @ Weekly Bite
    May 24, 2010 @ 4:06 pm

    I’ve always been intimidated about cooking clams! You’ve inspired me :)

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  10. Estela @ Weekly Bite
    May 24, 2010 @ 4:06 pm

    I’ve always been intimidated about cooking clams! You’ve inspired me :)

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  11. Katherine: What About Summer?
    May 24, 2010 @ 4:56 pm

    What was your first clam experience?

    I really want to try new sea foods (clams, oysters etc) but am afraid of that first step (and of looking silly eating them inappropriately)

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    • anutritionisteats
      May 25, 2010 @ 7:46 pm

      I never really had a bad experience with them, just usually stuck to getting it in restaurants. But they are so much easier than they seem! You should try!

      Reply

  12. Katherine: What About Summer?
    May 24, 2010 @ 4:56 pm

    What was your first clam experience?

    I really want to try new sea foods (clams, oysters etc) but am afraid of that first step (and of looking silly eating them inappropriately)

    Reply

    • anutritionisteats
      May 25, 2010 @ 7:46 pm

      I never really had a bad experience with them, just usually stuck to getting it in restaurants. But they are so much easier than they seem! You should try!

      Reply

  13. Jennifer
    May 24, 2010 @ 7:23 pm

    Omgg so good! I wish I could eat clams, but I am allergic :(

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  14. Jennifer
    May 24, 2010 @ 7:23 pm

    Omgg so good! I wish I could eat clams, but I am allergic :(

    Reply

  15. cozydelicious
    May 24, 2010 @ 9:43 pm

    This looks so yummy! I love linguine with clams, but I usually go for a red sauce. Actually, my recipe is pretty much just like your with a whole bunch of chopped roasted tomato thrown in! Great tip on not overeating the pasta.

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  16. cozydelicious
    May 24, 2010 @ 9:43 pm

    This looks so yummy! I love linguine with clams, but I usually go for a red sauce. Actually, my recipe is pretty much just like your with a whole bunch of chopped roasted tomato thrown in! Great tip on not overeating the pasta.

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  17. Faith
    May 25, 2010 @ 7:43 am

    I’m fairly hesitant to work with new ingredients too – I’m afraid that if I ruin it once, I’ll never want to make it again! Regardless, it looks like it turned out great, and that’s such a good tip to keep from overdoing it on the pasta!

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  18. Faith
    May 25, 2010 @ 7:43 am

    I’m fairly hesitant to work with new ingredients too – I’m afraid that if I ruin it once, I’ll never want to make it again! Regardless, it looks like it turned out great, and that’s such a good tip to keep from overdoing it on the pasta!

    Reply

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