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Light clam pasta sauce

A light white clam sauce is perfect for those low-cal meals served with a dry Riesling.


1 1⁄2 cn clams (chopped, 10 oz cans)
1 cn milk (evaporated skim milk, undiluted, 12 oz can)
2 clv garlic
1⁄8 t pepper (white pepper)
2 T basil (chopped fresh basil leaves)


  1. In a skillet, heat the oil and add the cloves of garlic, finely chopped. Cook for a minute, then add 1/2 cup of evaporated milk and some of the clam juice from the can of clams.
  2. Cook over medium heat for about five minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Mix the other 1/2 cup of evaporated milk into a bowl with the cornstarch, then pour over the sauce in the skillet and stir until thickened.
  4. Add the clams and heat for a few more minutes, then toss in some basil.
  5. Top with white pepper.
Total time
25 minutes
Cooking time
Preparation time
4 servings


This super light and quick clam sauce for pasta will make a delightful pasta lunch.


North American cuisine with an Italian inspiration.

easy, comfort food
sauce, fish & seafood
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