Ripe tomato and fresh basil give this quick recipe tons of flavor. Serve this healthy pasta dinner with crusty garlic bread and steamed green beans.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2016


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  • Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until just tender, about 8 minutes or according to package directions. Drain.

  • Meanwhile, drain clams, reserving 3/4 cup of the liquid. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and crushed red pepper and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the reserved clam liquid, lemon juice and salt; bring to a simmer and cook until slightly reduced, 2 to 3 minutes. Add tomato and the clams; bring to a simmer and cook for 1 minute more. Remove from heat.

  • Stir in basil and cream (or half-and-half). Add the pasta and toss to coat with the sauce. Garnish with more basil, if desired.


Fresh or frozen chopped clams from the seafood department are an underappreciated convenience. Compared to canned, they have a larger clam-to-liquid ratio and are lower in sodium. If you use canned, opt for whole baby clams (they're similar in size to the ones found in the seafood department). All clams get a sustainable rating from Seafood Watch.

Nutrition Facts

421 calories; protein 21.5g; carbohydrates 51.9g; dietary fiber 7.8g; sugars 3.8g; fat 16.6g; saturated fat 3.6g; cholesterol 48.2mg; vitamin a iu 682.5IU; vitamin c 10.4mg; folate 42.4mcg; calcium 61.5mg; iron 5mg; magnesium 91.8mg; potassium 286.6mg; sodium 371.9mg; thiamin 0.3mg.

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Rating: 5 stars
Delicious light pasta option. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Making it again tonight for a meatless Lent Friday. Wonderful recipe and totally agree with another reviewer - What's not to love: Delicious super simple to make and quick. Great to have leftovers so don't be afraid to make to have those. Read More
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Easy to Make and the Kids Loved It! This recipe is for the time starved who loves good food and doesn't want to sacrifice flavor. It's got all the great elements; time friendly fresh flavors and great versatility. Pros: What's not to love about clam sauce fresh basil Cons: None that I know of Read More