Thursday, June 16, 2011

Serving Up {Pasta}: Angel Hair Pasta with Sausage and Clams

I have been reading on the news about so many areas of the country experiencing some serious heat waves.  It seems unreal to me because I'm still trying to grasp that it's June when our average temps are still only in the 60's.  I made soup just last week and would love to be posting soup recipes, but they are probably out of place for most of my (family) readers.  This recipe isn't out of place.  In fact, it's the perfect summer recipe because you use the stove top and don't have to heat up the house with the oven.  Perfect if you are experiencing some of the heat seemingly prevalent everywhere but where I am :)

If you read the ingredient list of this recipe and you jump to the conclusion that the recipe is complicated or time consuming you would be wrong!  This dish comes together SO fast because you simmer the noodles in the "sauce" versus cooking them separately.  Not only that, angel hair pasta only needs to cook for about 6 minutes to be done so by the time you have asked your kids to set the table for the third time, the meal is ready!

(recipe from aunt Sue)
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10 ounce angel hair pasta
2 Tbs. olive oil
6 ounce Italian sausage, mild
½ cup minced onion
1 Tbs. minced garlic
2 tomatoes, chopped
½ cup water
4 cups chicken broth
1-2 cans clams, rinsed and drained
4 Tbs. fresh basil (or 2 Tbs. dried)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Heat olive oil. Add sausage, onion and garlic and cook until sausage is cooked through. Add chopped tomatoes, sautéing 5 minutes more. Add water and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Add clams, basil and uncooked pasta. Reduce heat and simmer 4-6 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper and top with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

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