This linguine dish with clam sauce is one of those magical recipes that you can make with mostly pantry ingredients yet the results are impressive and delicious.
1 (9-ounce) package fresh linguine
4 bacon slices
2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 (6 1/2-ounce) cans minced clams, drained
1 (8-ounce bottle) clam juice
1/4 cup (1 ounce) preshredded fresh Parmesan cheese
How to Make It
Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain.
While pasta cooks, place bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, and cook until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, and crumble. Reserve 1 tablespoon drippings in pan. Add garlic and basil; sauté for 30 seconds. Add bacon, lemon juice, and the next 4 ingredients (lemon juice through clam juice); cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Combine the pasta and clam mixture, and toss well. Sprinkle with cheese.
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This recipe was delicious, but I can't give it 5 stars because I used Progresso Clam Sauce with Garlic and Herbs instead of clam juice. It was very flavorful. The lemon juice balanced the seafood and garlic perfectly. Otherwise, I followed the recipe. For how easy, inexpensive and quick it was, it will go into the rotation for sure!
Nothing special, but a decent weeknight dinner for the family. I added some mushrooms (sauteed them before adding the garlic) and used fresh basil. Next tine I will add some sauteed shallots or onions. I served it with a green bean and tomato salad.