The Ardent Epicure

An Ode to the Pleasures of Food

Fettucine with Whole Baby Clams
 and Butter Garlic Sauce

This is a quick and simple pasta that uses frozen in-shell clams, and has a delicious and simple butter garlic sauce. They are pre-cooked and with all natural ingredients, so we love them :)
Purchase a box of frozen clams (they are available at Trader Joe's if you are lucky enough to live in an area with one).  These are pre-cooked clams that have a sauce included. But we upped the sauce a few notches.
For the butter sauce, simply melt a stick or two (or four) of butter over low heat in a pan, and add minced garlic and herbs and spices that you like (I used some red pepper flakes, some salt and pepper, and a couple of herb mixes).  To make the meal quick, you can use bottled minced of crushed garlic; don't be afraid to use a lot! OK, so  a lot of butter and garlic is a good thing around here :)

Once your pasta is cooked properly, divide it between plates (I used whole wheat fettucine for this dish), and place the clams, in the shell, on top of the pasta on each plate.

Cover the clams and the pasta in your butter sauce, and top with freshly-ground pepper and sea salt to taste.


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