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*This recipe is from the archives. I had a lot of requests to make Linguini and Clam Sauce in a video, so I am updating the recipe with a step by step video as well. Enjoy!*
Linguini with white clam sauce has always been one of my favorite meals and I can say with confidence that this is one recipe I’ve mastered.
By making some very simple changes, this classic Italian dish is easily transformed into a C&D staple.
Here are my simple swaps:
1. Upgrade from white pasta to a whole grain pasta (there are tons of options out there).
2. Use some of the reserved juice from the clams in order to bulk up the “sauce” without using a cup of oil.
3. Thicken the sauce with a couple tablespoons of whole wheat flour in place of butter.
4. Bulk up the volume (and veggie content) by layering the bottom of your bowl with fresh spinach and tossing some tomatoes into the mix.
I also use a ton of clams, because I hate sitting down to a bowl of linguini and clam sauce and not getting enough clams; which is why I usually try to stock up on my canned clams when I see them on sale.
This pregnancy has been a little bit tougher for me than my first, and I definitely find myself turning to food out of pure boredom and for a little extra comfort. I haven’t been nearly as active as I was with my first pregnancy and have been eating a lot more sweets and carbs than my body prefers. All in all, things haven’t gotten too crazy… I am due on Monday (if you can believe that) and have gained 23 lbs so far. I honestly believe that choosing C&D comfort foods (like this recipe) have helped me to stay in check while semi-over indulging.