White Clam Sauce Pasta [Recipe Redux #7]

I have to admit, this month’s Recipe Redux theme had me stumped for a bit! With all the other months I’ve been almost immediately been able to think of or at least start brainstorming about a recipe to create and share with you. But this month…nothing! I definitely had to put my thinking cap on!
Treasured Cookware – Share a story of classic cookware – and a healthy recipe to go with it. Some of us will be celebrating Mother’s Day next month (May 11,) but it’s more than once a year that many of us cook with a pan, a wooden spoon or another piece of cookware passed on to us from the kitchens of our favorite relatives. Let’s see what you can cook up with your treasured kitchen tool!
Hmm…treasured cookware?! My family has a TON of recipes that we’ve passed down, but not a whole lot of special pots, pans, or cooking utensils! But then it hit me! The huge metal strainer that we took from my grandma’s kitchen after she passed away a few years ago!
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My grandma was the classic italian grandma and she LOVED making her special sauce and pasta dishes. So having her strainer on hand whenever my family and I make pasta definitely brings about great memories of crowding around my grandma’s small kitchen table with a big plate of noodles and a big pot of sauce in front of us.
So what better way to honor my grandmas memory and spotlight her special strainer than by sharing one of my family’s favorite pasta recipes?
It truly is one of the most delicious pastas I’ve ever had and it’s an instant favorite of anyone who tries it! Without further ado….

Now I know what you’re thinking…clams?! But before you judge, hear me out. This dish is incredible! It’s so simple to make yet BURSTING with amazing flavor! So if you’re feeling a little adventurous and feel like veering away from your typical red sauce or meat sauce on pasta…..THIS IS FOR YOU!

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White Clam Sauce Pasta

by Healthy Helper

Ingredients

  • 1 lb whole wheat pasta
  • 1 bunch asparagus , ends snapped off and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 3 cans of clams, drained with 1/2 cup liquid reserved
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 jarred hot cherry peppers, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut olive oil spread (such as Olivio brand), any vegetable based buttery spread, or unsalted butter
  • 1 cup italian parsley, chopped

Instructions

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Add asparagus during last 4 minutes of cooking. Drain and set aside.

While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes until just starting to color, stirring so that garlic doesn’t burn.

Add clam juice and cook 1 min. Stir in drained clams, lemon juice, cherry peppers, and salt. Cook 1 min or until heated through. Stir in butter and parsley.

Toss pasta and asparagus with the sauce. Drizzle with olive oil if desired and serve immediately. Sprinkle with romano cheese!

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Let me know if you try this recipe out for yourself! I’d love you to share this dish with your families! It’s such a great comforting meal for me and I am sure you’d get as much joy as I get from eating it if you tried it out. :)

Does your family have any special cookware that has been passed down from generation to generation?
What’s one food or recipe that has special meaning to you and your family?
What type of sauce do you usually top your pasta with?
Kaila
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WIAW: Seasonal Showdown Survey!

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I thought I would try something a little different this WIAW to get everybody even more in the seasonal spirit of Spring (and soon enough, SUMMER!). I have to admit, with the weather warming up (not acknowledging the snow we got yesterday!) and the semester coming to a close, I feel like my brain and body are already in summer mode! Not good since I still have a ton of work and exams to get through! But today I am indulging my ‘summer brain’ with a little survey I put together that pits some seasonal favorites against one another! Feel free to take the survey over to your own blog to fill out. :)

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Smoothies vs juices?

Smoothies all the way! Though I do like freshly made juices…especially at home….I love the thickness, creaminess, and staying power of smoothies! Gotta love all the fiber that comes with keeping all the skins and pulp of the fruits and veggies! Plus the vitamix just does an amazing job of making perfect smoothies! :)

Grilled veggies vs salads?

Tough one! But I have to go with salads! Especially since I have one at least once a day! Salads in the spring and summer are always so fresh and delicious….plus there are so many fun ingredients you can add to them! I like grilled veggies a lot (especially asparagus, broccoli, peppers, eggplant, and mushrooms!) but I actually prefer ROASTED veggies….and those I can prepare all year round!

Corn on the cob vs sweet potato fries?

Corn on the cob! Mostly because I have sweet potatoes all the time and corn is a total SUMMER food to me! It just reminds me of the season and it definitely tastes best when it’s in season. Gotta love fresh corn roasted on the grill and sprinkled with cayenne and paprika<— my fave way to eat it! Sweet and spicy!

Burgers or dogs? (Veggie varieties included!) 

Burgers! Never been a huge hot dog fan but throw me a turkey burger or a homemade veggie burger on the grill and I’m in heaven. Oh and I can’t forget about SALMON burgers! Those are my jam. Especially with a little dill infused mayo!

Baseball or soccer?

Baseball….for watching and for playing! Never been into soccer, even though I played it when I was little! Love going to watch my dad play all summer and I played elite level softball for most of my life!

Walking or biking?

Love both but I have to go with biking because I use it as my main form of transportation in the spring and summer. The less I can use my car the better! So if it’s a reasonable distance away, you can bet I’m biking there! Though I do love my daily walks with Ella as well :)

Beach or trails?

Trails. I like the idea of the beach: sun, sand, warm water. But in all honesty, it gets boring for me real quick! I am not a fan of just laying down and tanning so aside from swimming there isn’t very much for me to do. Plus, who likes get sand all up their crack!? Not me! Give me a shady hiking trail and some nature any day!

Ice cream or fresh fruit?

FRUIT all the way! I don’t eat ice cream very often but when I do I definitely enjoy it. But seeing as fruit is an everyday food for me…I gotta go with fresh in-season fruit! Nothing beats it! It’s so sweet and flavorful! Not to mention refreshing as the temperatures heat up!

Sun bathing or swimming?

Swimming, because as I mentioned above, I have no patience for sun tanning. I get my tan just by spending all my time outdoors in the spring and summer. But nothing bores me more than just laying there for hours on end! Ha.

Tulips or daffodils?

Tulips are the quintessential spring flower! I help my mom plant bulbs every fall and I love seeing them start to grow and bloom in the spring!

Farmers markets or garage sales?

Farmers market all the way! Especially since the local one is literally in my front yard every spring and summer. Prime location! I love seeing all the unique produce and fresh fruit that’s available as the seasons progress!

Sneakers or sandals?

Sneakers! Don’t get me wrong, I love cute sandals as much as the next girl! But since I spend so much time on the go and outside in the summer I like being able to just get up and go (walking, biking, or running!) at a moment’s notice! Plus, if you have sneakers as comfortable as these, you’d be wearing them all the time too!

Flower garden or veggie garden?

Veggie garden! I love being able to grow something and then actually EAT it! Flowers are nice to look at but I’m all about the food! I would love to have a huge veggie garden someday with rows and rows of different produce, but for now I have to make do with the few big pots I have to plant in each spring. Speaking of which, I need to get on that! The planting season has begun even if the weather isn’t cooperating yet! My favorite things to plant (or at least the things I’ve had success with!) are green beans, kale, basil, and tomatoes!

And now to some WIAW grub! Chow down!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAitalian crab stuffed portobellos//roasted broccoli and cauliflower

IMG_5128extra burnt crispy brown bag popcorn

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAcrab salad with dijon and balsamic//pita with red pepper humus and cucumber

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAspelt pancakes//warm blueberries//japanese sweet potato//laughing cow

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAezekiel bread with feta, tomato, and basil//sprouted mung bean and cabbage salad

IMG_5154raspberry coconut and banana caramel Simply Crunch//sliced apple//rice cakes with pb and carrots//yogurt with cottage cheese, cocoa, and amazing grass

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAfresh, juicy orange

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAahi tuna spring rolls (AMAZING!)//thai peanut sauce//broccoli and parsnips

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERApear and blueberries with peanut butter and cinnamon//apple cinnamon muffin//banana caramel Simply Crunch

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAcinnamon raisin and garlic-basil millet bread//thai peanut salmon noodle saute

IMG_5194my last chocolate coconut krono bar :(

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAturkey artichoke salad//homemade plantain pita with jam and cream cheese

IMG_5200Restocked my matzo! On sale because of Passover!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATVP-feta kale chips with onions

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERApurple cabbage and turkey salad//tortilla with sunbutter and frozen banana

IMG_5225carrots with sunbutter

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAhomemade quinoa tabouli salad ….want the recipe???
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERApumpkin and greek yogurt//cottage cheese//cinnamon//peanut butter drizzle

Pick one of the survey questions and answer it for yourself!

Kaila

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