Linguine with Clam Sauce

  • Yield 4 servings

Clams are a great source of protein and this dish is low in calories and saturated fat.


8 ounces dried linguine
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon bottled crushed garlic or 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
8 ounces asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 can (14 1/2 ounce) diced tomatoes
1 can (6 1/2 ounce) whole or minced clams, undrained
1 can (6 1/2 ounce) whole or minced clams, drained
3/4 cup 1% low fat milk
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Cook the linguine according to package directions. Drain and return to the pan.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and asparagus and cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, raise the heat, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the asparagus softens, about 10 minutes.
  3. Combine the milk and flour in a small bowl and whisk until well blended. Add the milk mixture, one can of drained clams, and one can of undrained clams to the skillet. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat and continue to simmer and stir gently until the mixture thickens slightly, about 2 minutes.
  4. Pour the sauce over the linguine and toss to combine. Serve in individual bowls and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.