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Old 02-22-2008, 09:37 PM   #11
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I definitely prefer "white" clam sauce (which is really "clear"). It's one of our favorite spur-of-the-moment-yet-still-great meals - lol!!

I use:

1 can of Progresso White Clam Sauce
1 can of chopped clams
Extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, peeled & chopped
Approx. 1/2 cup of chopped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley

I saute the garlic for just about a minute or so in a dollop of olive oil. (NO browning!!) I then just add in the canned Progresso sauce, the undrained can of clams, & the chopped parsley, & heat through. Serve over linguini (regular or spinach) with lots of freshly grated parmesan & garlic bread on the side to sop up all that terrific extra sauce.
I hadn't used a can of clam sauce, so maybe that is the key. It was just canned clams. blech.
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Old 02-22-2008, 09:38 PM   #12
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I've always made "clear" clam sauce (is that considered white?). If I have the time and can find them, I like fresh clams. Steam them in a lemon-herb bath. Reserve the bath to cook the pasta. The I will use some of that water to make the clear sauce: thyme, oregano, flat leaf parsley, red pepper flakes, garlic, sea salt, olive oil, and a tablespoon of butter. If I'm using little necks or small clams, I leave them in the shell and serve them that way with the pasta. If larger clams, I'll take the cooked clams out of the shells before serving.

I've also made a similar sauce with canned clams, whole and chopped mixed together. I use the juice from the cans as a base for the sauce and add pretty much the same thing as above. The key I find about using canned clams is to add the clams after everything is cooked and tossed together, then heat the clams for a couple of minutes. More than that, the clams start to get very chewy and not very good.
nothing worse than chewy clams.
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Old 02-22-2008, 11:06 PM   #13
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I went thru a stage where I only liked white - then I switched to red. To kick up the flavor to the white you could add cooked crumbled bacon - for the sauce - bottled clam juice, herbs like parsley, garlic, lemon juice, white wine. Sometimes I add a little pesto sauce to the mix. Let me know if you'd like the recipe, & I'll pm it to you. Sprinkle Parm over the top. I do prefer fresh clams & linguine - but canned works too.

For the red, if I can find it, I add a can of Progresso's lobster sauce w the canned clams.

Progresso Seafood Sauce, Lobster Sauce
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Old 02-23-2008, 01:29 PM   #14
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I like both but prefer red especially if you add some chili paste and 'kick it up a notch'! LOL. I had it once in a restaurant where it had some moderate heat and spice to it and loved it.
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Old 02-29-2008, 12:52 AM   #15
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I don't particularly care for clam sauce , perhaps I haven't had a decent one on the linguini. I only made white once and it was edible but not great maybe because I used canned clams.
I vote for clear (white, no tomato).
However, I mean that the problem are the canned clamsl. I warmly suggest you to use fresh ones, if possible.
For fresh ones, this is my recipe for 4 persons:
- 1,5 kg of fresh clams (personally, i like little clams)
- 4 soupspoon of EVOO
- garlick
- parsley

Assure that the clams have no more sand in them. Elsewhere, put them in abbundant salty water (better, in sea water) for at least 30 mins - 1 hour.

Fry garlick in EVOO, when garlick colored put it away. Throw the clams, and when they opens, stop the fire and add thinly sliced parsley.
Boil a long-type pasta "al dente" (linguine or spaghetti are very fit), then put the pasta in the clam sauce and let flavour them.

Hope this help!
Bye, M
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Old 02-29-2008, 01:02 AM   #16
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I vote for clear (white, no tomato).
However, I mean that the problem are the canned clamsl. I warmly suggest you to use fresh ones, if possible.
For fresh ones, this is my recipe for 4 persons:
- 1,5 kg of fresh clams (personally, i like little clams)
- 4 soupspoon of EVOO
- garlick
- parsley

Assure that the clams have no more sand in them. Elsewhere, put them in abbundant salty water (better, in sea water) for at least 30 mins - 1 hour.

Fry garlick in EVOO, when garlick colored put it away. Throw the clams, and when they opens, stop the fire and add thinly sliced parsley.
Boil a long-type pasta "al dente" (linguine or spaghetti are very fit), then put the pasta in the clam sauce and let flavour them.

Hope this help!
Bye, M
Hey, y'all. please note this recipe and suggestion comes from ITALY!

I prefer white, but my Dad always preferred the red. We always made him the red clam sauce from Craig Claiborne's New York Times Cookbook, and I have to say it IS delicious! (and even better when made with fresh clams!)

I decide which to make based upon what wine we're going to drink. and also the season of the year. In the winter, I'd rather have a red wine most days, so choose the red clam sauce... which red? usually a Barbera, or my Italian "house wine," Col di Sasso.
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Old 02-29-2008, 01:40 AM   #17
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Well, it's difficult to find good, fresh clams here so I've always used the canned. Found a great recipe on a pasta bag and unfortunately it's back in Houston. But I can remember most of it. You basically sautee about 5 cloves of chopped garlic in some butter---you add just the juice of two cans of clams and reduce for about 5-8 minutes until it's on the thick side....then add clams, S&P, and fresh parsley...delicious and so easy....now I don't care for linguine as it's too thick for me so I serve mine over cooked spaghetti...I have red pepper flakes on the side and parmesan cheese. YOu can also add a little white wine to the clam sauce if you want. Delisioso!
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Hey, y'all. please note this recipe and suggestion comes from ITALY!
Yes, this is the recipe of my mother-in-law. So gooood!
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Old 03-01-2008, 10:27 PM   #19
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I vote for clear (white, no tomato).
However, I mean that the problem are the canned clamsl. I warmly suggest you to use fresh ones, if possible.
For fresh ones, this is my recipe for 4 persons:
- 1,5 kg of fresh clams (personally, i like little clams)
- 4 soupspoon of EVOO
- garlick
- parsley

Assure that the clams have no more sand in them. Elsewhere, put them in abbundant salty water (better, in sea water) for at least 30 mins - 1 hour.

Fry garlick in EVOO, when garlick colored put it away. Throw the clams, and when they opens, stop the fire and add thinly sliced parsley.
Boil a long-type pasta "al dente" (linguine or spaghetti are very fit), then put the pasta in the clam sauce and let flavour them.

Hope this help!
Bye, M
from one Italian to another.. thank you for this recipe.
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