This recipe is a long-standing family favorite. My mom got this recipe from a Dom DeLuise cookbook, Eat This .. It’ll Make You Feel Better , years ago. I, of course, always adjust to what I have on hand. This was the first dish I made for my now husband when we were dating. Really, it’s a good one!
4 T. olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. oregano
4 leaves chopped basil or 1 T. dried basil
1 tsp. chopped fresh parsley or 1/2 tsp. dried parsley
1/4 tsp. thyme
pepper to taste
Two 28 oz. cans cut, peeled tomatoes
One 8 oz. bottle clam juice
1/2 cup dry white wine or white cooking wine
5-6 6 oz. cans chopped clams*
1 1/2 lbs. pasta
grated Parmesan cheese
In large pot, heat garlic in olive oil and saute until golden brown. Add oregano, basil, parsley, thyme, pepper, tomatoes, clam juice and white wine/cooking wine. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer 1 hour.
Ten minutes before serving add clams and heat gently until ready. In the mean time, cook pasta al dente.
Toss pasta and hot clam sauce together. Sprinkle with Parmesan and enjoy!
*The best price I’ve been able to find on the clams is $1.32 a can at Walmart. We’re considering trying fresh ones from the seafood market next time we make it.