Friday, October 23, 2009

Mom's Clam Sauce -a little different

I am linking up to:
Foodie Friday &
Southern Hospitality Recipe Party

Here is my Mom's clam sauce recipe. It's probably a depression recipe from her early married days. It is the clam sauce we very often had on Fridays....sometimes with a fish stick or two. (They must have been bigger then because now my boys can eat 10!)

Clam Sauce
1 chopped onion
vegetable oil
1 large can crushed tomatoes
1 small can tomato paste
1/4 tsp.salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp ground cloves
dash cayenne (sometimes I do, sometimes I don't-if you like a kick-do it!)
bay leaf
1 can chopped clams (I usually use 2 or 1 chopped and 1 minced)

Heat 1/4 cup vegetable oil and saute  chopped onion about 10 minutes. Add can tomatoes and paste and broth from clams putting clams aside. 
Add the rest of the ingredients but not the clams yet.

Cook about 20 minutes while getting linguine cooked and ready.

After pasta is ready and sauce has been cooking, add the clams to the sauce and heat through right before serving. Take out the bay leaf!
Serve over linguine with Italian or French bread-sopping up the sause is heaven!

Glass of wine, crusty bread-YUMMMMMY!


  1. I love clam sauce. I make a homemade red for my husband but for me? I LOVE white clam sauce. And ya know what's funny, I grew up on the canned Progresso white clam sauce. Me and my mom had it often and I still do when the urge hits. This looks wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. I have to admit that I've never, in my looong life, tasted clams nor clam sauce/soup. Living out here in West Texas, I guess it was too hard to find fresh clams.
    I sure am going to save this recipe, tho...just in case!! :O)

  3. Nancy, some of those old recipes are wonderful. Those gals were very creative cooks and had a talent for creating something from nothing. This looks delicious.

  4. My husband wood like the red sauce and I would like the white sauce--go figure! I have never made it, but this looks delicious!

  5. I so wish I liked seafood...however, my husband would LOVE this recipe! It sounds pretty easy too which is great!

    Hope you have great weekend!!!

    :) T

  6. I love all kinds of pasta dishes. Thank you for sharing this one. Love its history!

  7. Oh it sounds yummy! It would be perfect for a cold school night ~ quick and hearty! I love tried and true recipes that have been handed down.


  8. Thank you Nancy, we love clam and usually I prepare the linguine with the butter garlic and clam. I will do it your way for a change. Ciao Rita


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