Our schedule has been insane this week and the only down-time we’ve had is nap-time. The rest of the day; morning, afternoon and evening has been filled with pre-school, kids play-dates/Christmas parties, a company Christmas party and a few other night time events too! Brian said to me last night,
“How about a movie night and early bed-time on Friday?“
I will never turn that down; sounds perfect! I declined an invite to a Cookie Exchange Party because I just couldn’t handle 5 nights out in a row, so I’m putting together an In-House Date Night Dinner for Bri and I; Spaghetti with Clams, a simple salad and garlic bread! I plan to make this homemade Caesar Salad Dressing because, well… Bri enjoys a good Caesar Salad and I love the simplicity of it! Found on ‘Annie’s Simple Life’.
And as for the main course, I’m sharing a recipe today that was given to me by my best friends mom. It has a delicious twist to it; diced tomatoes! Like me, you might think, “Tomatoes? With Clam Sauce? Noooo…” but when I tried this dish for the first time, I was hooked and love it! Its not the traditional ‘Linguini and Clam Sauce’ dish that I am used to while growing up but it’s one that is definitely in my Top 10 List of Good Pasta Dishes!
Spaghetti with Clams
2 Tbsp. EVOO
1 Yellow Onion, finely chopped
2 cloves Garlic, crushed (I used minced)
1 can (14 oz.) chopped tomatoes (I’ve also used 1, 14 oz. can and drained another 14 oz. can using only the tomatoes)
1/3 cup Dry White Wine
1 jar or can (5 oz.) Clams, drain and reserve juice
1 lb. Spaghetti
2 Tbsp. chopped Parsley
Salt & Fresh Cracked Pepper
Heat EVOO in large skillet. Add onion and saute for 5 min. or so.
Stir in garlic, tomatoes, wine & reserved clam juice. Salt to taste.
Add a generous grinding of black pepper. Bring to boil, stirring, then lower heat.
Meanwhile, in large pot, boil noodles.
Cover pan & simmer gently for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Drain spaghetti; Add clams and chopped parsley to sauce and heat through, correct seasoning.
DO NOT BOIL CLAMS – they will get tough and chewy. Add them at the last minute.
Toss to mix and garnish with a sprinkle of parsley and freshly grated cheese.
I can’t wait to sit by the fire and watch a movie this weekend! Next time you have a free evening, try this meal for your in-house date night; I promise… it’s good!