Clam Spaghetti (easy)

This recipe comes from my grandmother, one of the best cooks in the world.  She had seven children and always had a hot meal waiting on the table.  Whenever I visit, delicious left overs from the night before, are served for lunch.  She knows how to cook good food for a large family and always had time to do the dishes, mow the lawn, talk to the neighbors, do the laundry etc.  I could never imagine having seven children, but she did it all with patience and finesse. 

Clam spaghetti is a favorite amongst her grandchildren, we get very excited when we hear she's making it for dinner.
1 large can + 1 smaller can whole tomatoes
2 cans white clam sauce w/whole clams
3 cloves garlic chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
1 box spaghetti noodles

In a large pot, saute garlic in olive oil for several minutes.  Do not allow them to brown.  Strain the clams from the juice and pour the juice into the garlic and oil, set clams aside.  Next, your going to take the whole tomatoes and while holding your hand over the pot, squeeze the tomatoes into the pot.  Squeeze them all and pour in the juice. (I know this sounds weird, but it works)  Allow this to simmer on LOW for at least an hour, stirring occasionally.  If you've got the time it's really great if it can simmer for several hours.  Meanwhile cook spaghetti according to package directions
Five minutes before serving, pour in the clams.  The tend to get tough, if you let them cook too long.

Caution:Your house will smell sooooo good while this is cooking :)
*Note this recipe has been a little bit tweaked by me.


  1. Your grandmother sounds like a wonderful woman! Seven children - oh my goodness! This recipe sounds yummy. I've never squeezed tomatoes before. It'll be fun to give this a try and I like that it's so simple, too. We are always up for pasta. Thanks for sharing your grandmother's recipe.

  2. Oh this spaghetti look so wonderful! I like the fact that you used tomatoes! I like it.


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