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Pasta with White Clam Sauce

Pasta with White Clam Sauce
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Here we toss a light clam sauce with whole-wheat pasta and top it with a vibrant combination of lemon zest, parsley and garlic.

Prep: 30 minutes | Total Time: 60 minutes
  • 2 heads
  • 2 tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoon
    extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large
    shallot, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon
    marjoram, dried
  • 1/8 teaspoon
    crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup
    dry white wine
  • 3 6-ounce cans
    chopped clams, drained, juices reserved
  • 1/4 cup
    fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 pound
    whole-wheat linguine, or spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons
    lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons
  • 1/4 cup
    fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon
    lemon zest, freshly grated
  • 1 clove
    garlic, finely chopped
    lemon wedges, for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Rub off excess papery skin from garlic heads without separating cloves, and slice about 1/2 inch off the top. Place each head on a square of foil (cut-end up). Sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon of water and pinch the edges of the foil together to make a package. Roast until cloves are very soft, 40 to 50 minutes. Unwrap and let cool slightly. Squeeze cloves out of skins into a small bowl; set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a saucepan over low heat. Add shallot and cook until softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Add marjoram and crushed red pepper; cook until aromatic, about 30 seconds. Add wine and bring to a boil. Increase heat to medium-high and cook until mixture has reduced to 1/4 cup, 10 to 14 minutes. (The wine will be nearly evaporated.) Reduce heat to low; add reserved clam juice and roasted garlic and whisk until smooth. Stir in clams and 1/4 cup parsley; heat gently over low heat. Keep sauce warm.
  4. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions.
  5. Meanwhile, make gremolata: combine 1/4 cup parsley, lemon zest and garlic clove; mix well.
  6. Drain the pasta and transfer to a large, warm serving bowl. Stir lemon juice and butter into clam sauce, and pour over pasta. Toss gently, then sprinkle the gremolata over the top. Serve immediately, with lemon wedges.
Nutritional Information

Makes: 8 servings
  • Calories285
  • Fat4 g
    • Saturated fat1 g
  • Cholesterol14 mg
  • Carbohydrates48 g
    • Dietary fiber8 g
  • Protein14 g
  • Sodium428 mg
* Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.
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