Linguine With White Clam Sauce

It sounds too simple to taste as good as it does.

2 Tbsp. Butter
4 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1 Can Clams
1/3 Cup Parsley, Fresh, Minced
8 Ounces Linguine, Cooked and Drained
1 Cup Parmesan Cheese, Grated

1 Melt butter in a sauce pan. Add extra virgin olive oil and lightly sauté the garlic.


2 Add the liquid from the clams and parsley to the garlic and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes or until the parsley is done. Add the clams and just heat through. Do not overcook the clams or they will be tough.


3 Pour the clam sauce over the linguine, top with the parmesan cheese and toss to coat the pasta.

Servings: 4
Cooking Tips
Serve with an antipasta salad and garlic bread.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 serving
Percent daily values based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients.

Amount Per Serving
Calories   474.54
Calories From Fat (43%)   203.75
% Daily Value
Total Fat 23.20g   36%
Saturated Fat 13.35g   67%
Cholesterol 54.46mg   18%
Sodium 961.33mg   40%
Potassium 200.05mg   6%
Carbohydrates 38.90g   13%
Dietary Fiber 1.37g   5%
Sugar 0.52g
Sugar Alcohols 0.00g
Net Carbohydrates 37.53g
Protein 26.86g   54%
MyPoints 11.2

This is so easy to make that now you have absolutely no excuse for not preparing dinner for your family. Just be sure to use the “good” Parmesan cheese, not the pre-grated stuff. You will notice the difference.

Rice Cooker Pasta And Kielbasa Sausage

The rice cooker is a marvel of technology. Yes, it cooks perfect rice, but, with a little imagination, you can also use it to cook just about anything else you can think of. This  is a recipe that I adapted to make in the rice cooker. Before, you had to use three cooking utensils to make this dish. You had a pot for the pasta, a pot with a steamer for the broccoli, and a saute pan for the sausage.  The rice cooker is ONE pot.

I use the Wolfgang Puck Rice Cooker (s). I have three and absolutely love  them. They come with the steamer inserts. They usually have different sizes. They come in 5 cup, 7 cup and 10 cup capacities.  I have two 7 cups and one 10 cup and that covers most of what I need. Just be sure to check the capacity to make sure you get  the size that’s best for you.

Quick, hearty and easy are the words to describe this recipe.

8 Ounces Pasta
5.3 Ounces  Beef Polish Kielbasa, Cut In 2″ Pieces
2 Cups Broccoli Flowerettes
1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1/2 CupWater

1 Put the pasta, water and heavy cream in the rice cooker and press the start button.
2 While the pasta is cooking, put the Kielbasa pieces in the steamer basket on top of the pasta.
3 Cook until the pasta is done. Time will vary according to pasta type. I usually use fettuccine, shells or penne.
4 Add the broccoli flowerettes to the sausage and steam for 2 more minutes or just until they turn bright green.
5 When the pasta is done, add the Kielbasa and broccoli to the pasta and toss to coat them with the cream.

Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 serving
Percent daily values based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients.

Amount Per Serving
Calories   491.06
Calories From Fat (46%)   223.76
% Daily Value
Total Fat 25.13g   39%
Saturated Fat 11.65g   58%
Cholesterol 92.87mg   31%
Sodium 915.31mg   38%
Potassium 229.64mg   7%
Carbohydrates 47.93g   16%
Dietary Fiber 1.36g   5%
Sugar 0.03g

Sugar Alcohols 0.00g
Net Carbohydrates 46.57g
Protein 18.63g   37%
MyPoints 11.6

Cooking Tips
Make sure the sausage is the fully cooked variety. You can use any type of sausage you prefer.

Soup Surprise

Before we know it, fall will be here. A time of great scenery, football games, football parties, holidays and family get togethers. If you’re like me, everyone always seems to wind up at our house.

That’s not a problem, actually, I love it! I love to cook and I love to cook for a crowd.  A lot of my recipes are designed to serve 10 or more people, and this is one of them.

I know that when you take your first look at the ingredient list, you’re going to say “YUCK”, but, I promise you, that you will be pleasantly surprised by the wonderful flavor of this soup.  That’s why I named this one “Soup Surprise”, because it is.

Soup Surprise

2 Lbs.  Ground Beef
1 Medium Onion, diced
2 Cups Carrots, Grated
48 Ounces V-8 Juice
30 Ounces Cream of Celery Soup
32 Ounces Pinto Beans with Liquid
1 tsp. Lawry’s Garlic Salt
1 tsp. Janes Krazy Mixed Up Salt
Salt and Pepper to Taste

  • Heat a large stockpot on medium heat and brown the ground beef. Drain the ground beef well to remove all of the fat.
  • Add onions and lightly sauté.
  • Combine remaining ingredients with the ground beef and onion in the stockpot.
  • Cover and simmer on low for 2 hours.

Nutrition (calculated from recipe ingredients)
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Calories: 583
Calories From Fat: 243
Total Fat: 27.5g
Cholesterol: 73.1mg
Sodium: 4798.6mg
Potassium: 1045.5mg
Carbohydrates: 61.6g
Fiber: 9.8g
Sugar: 11.8g
Protein: 25.6g
My Points: 13.5

Cooking Tip:

This makes a large pot of soup and is better the second day than the first, if that is imaginable. Freeze the leftovers if you have any.

Comments:

These ingredients sound a little bit strange but,  I promise you, this will taste like one of your prized Chili recipes.

This recipe was given to me by a friend that was spending the weekend with us. She knew I enjoyed cooking and wanted to give me a new recipe to try. I have to be perfectly honest and say that had she not been there and insisted that I try it, this recipe would have just gone into my collection file. Boy, am I ever glad that she insisted that I try it. It is now one of our family favorites. Thanks, Dana!

Serve this with crackers or cornbread to round it out. You won’t be disappointed.