Recipe: Spaghetti with White Clam Sauce!

spaghetti with clam sauce

What a surprise, Anna’s writing another recipe post for a pasta dish. I can’t help it, I have a problem. Some part of me must be Italian. That would make a lot of sense. Anyway, one of my favorite meals to order at Italian restaurants is linguine with clam sauce. It just tastes so fresh and delicious. So I decided that I wanted to make it for myself! The flavorful, brothy sauce, the chewy clams, perfectly cooked pasta…soooo delicious! Full disclosure: I got this recipe off the side of a can of Bumble Bee chopped clams and made just a few changes.

What you’ll need:

  • 12 oz brown rice spaghetti
  • two 6.5 oz cans of chopped clams, drained, reserving liquid
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped (I used a garlic press)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • one 8 oz bottle of clam juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley (plus a little extra for topping if you want)
  • 1/4 teaspoon basil
  • a little bit of pepper to taste
  • shredded or grated parmesan for topping (optional)

How to make it:
spaghetti with clam sauce

  1. Cook your pasta according to the package directions.
  2. In a large pan, heat your oil and add your garlic until brown and tender.
  3. Put your reserved clam liquid, bottle of clam juice, parsley, basil, and pepper in the pan. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add your clams to your pan (these are already cooked so you just have to get them nice and warm).
  5. Toss your cooked and drained pasta in the pan with the sauce, then scoop it into a bowl (make sure you get plenty of that delicious sauce in there!) and top it with as much parmesan and extra parsley as you please!

This was so amazing, and also really simple! We appreciate a quick, easy recipe in my house. My cat also appreciated this meal because it meant she got to eat some clams. This tasted exactly like I was sitting in an authentic Italian restaurant eating dinner. Pair it with your favorite gluten free bread, baguette, or breadstick (I like Chebe’s Breadstick Mix, review coming soon!) to soak up all that delicious sauce and you’re set! 🙂

spaghetti with clam sauce

College Decision!!!

Big news!! After months of back and forth between the University of Delaware and The College of New Jersey, I’ve finally made a decision on where I will be going to college! I have decided to go to…

University of Delaware! 😀

university of delaware

The campus is sooo beautiful! I love it so much. In the end, picking UDel just felt right. I’m so excited to go already! I would start tomorrow if I could. I’m already buying things for my dorm, and I still have four months until move in day. One of my favorite parts of this school is all the gluten free options! They just built a new freshman housing complex, which included a brand new dining hall, called Rodney Dining Hall. And it has a designated gluten free station! Meaning they only cook gluten free food here. Meaning very very little chance of cross contamination (I can’t say no chance for sure since there are other gluten foods in the hall). When we visited in March, we tried out Rodney.  Once we walked into the hall, the first person we ran into was the chef from the gluten free station! She was so ridiculously nice. I loved her. I’m so annoyed at myself for not asking her name, but I’m sure now I’ll get to know her very well since I’m going to see her all the time for all my meals! We visited at a weird off-time, around 3 o’clock, so they didn’t have the full range of options that they usually would since they were in the transition between lunch and dinner. At this time, they had cheese pizza, chipotle chicken BLT wraps, and salad. So what did I do? I tried them all!

udel rodney dining hall gluten free

Considering the dining hall horror stories I’ve heard, this meal was pretty great. Let’s go from left to right. So the salad was good; it was a salad. Lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, italian dressing. Pretty basic, but good. The pizza was so much better than I thought it would be. I thought it was going to taste like icky frozen pizza with not-so-great ingredients, but it wasn’t that at all! The crust was really nice, and the sauce and cheese tasted like pretty good quality stuff. I really enjoyed it. The chipotle chicken BLT wrap was tasty too! The wrap itself was one of the better ones I’ve tasted. The stuff inside was really good, but I wish there was more of it! The chipotle chicken had great flavor, and a great little spiciness to it. I just really wanted a good stuffed wrap, and the filling was a little sparse. Overall, this food completely exceeded my expectations!

So the dining hall has a little online portal where you can see the menu for the next couple weeks. I’ve seen some really good looking lunches and dinners, but there’s no gluten free options listed in the breakfasts. So of course, that was my first question to ask. Super nice gluten free lady told me that she always has some breakfast options for “her kids” at the gluten free station, like muffins and cereal.

But Rodney isn’t the only place to eat gluten free on campus. There are plenty of off campus restaurants that I will be able to stop in and grab something to eat, whether it be a meal or a snack.

Here are some places that I’ve already tried that I know are wonderful:

And some that I plan to try:

I can’t wait for August to come. I’m so excited to try all the new gluten free food in Newark. And even more excited to be a Blue Hen!! 💙💛

Nothing Bundt Cakes

nothing bundt cakes gluten free

My birthday was about two weeks ago, and one of my best friends got me a mini gluten free bundt cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes! That’s the kind of friends you need—the ones that buy you gluten free cakes. I’d heard that this bakery makes gluten free cakes, but I never tried them before. Which is why I was so happy when she handed me the brown paper bag with a big “Nothing Bundt Cakes” sticker on it! She got me the chocolate chip cookie flavor, which was a perfect choice. I’m not sure what other flavors they have; according to their website, you have to contact your local bakery to find out what gluten free products are offered. Unfortunately, because they also make gluten-filled bundt cakes, they are not prepared in a gluten free environment, and this is clearly stated on the packaging. So there is a chance of cross contamination, but I didn’t have any problems.

nothing bundt cakes gluten free

This was the cutest little cake I’ve ever seen. I mean come on, a mini bundt cake? Adorable. The cake itself was amazing! It was soft and moist and the flavor was wonderful. My only complaint is the icing. While delicious (it was cream cheese icing), it was just a little too sweet for my taste, but that’s just because I’m not that into really sweet things. I imagine this wouldn’t be a problem for most people, or anyone with a big sweet tooth. Overall, this was probably one of the best gluten free cakes I’ve had. The consistency was just awesome. The chocolate chips were a little crunchy inside, so they gave it a little different texture. This bundt cake was pretty close to perfection.

nothing bundt cakes gluten free

Hopefully some time soon I can go to my local Nothing Bundt Cakes bakery to check it out for myself! I’m curious about any other flavors they may have. They also make a couple different sizes (which you can see here), so it would be cool if they made a full size gluten free bundt cake that a bunch of people could share at a party or event. There are so many Nothing Bundt Cakes locations; I would definitely recommend heading to one closest to you! 🙂

(Find your local Nothing Bundt Cakes)

Wild Bamboo

wild bamboo

I am a sucker for a good bowl of pad thai. It’s probably one of my favorite dishes ever. As I’ve said, I had the best pad thai I’ve ever eaten at Chaang Thai in West Virginia. But unfortunately, I can’t drive six hours to WV whenever I get a craving. So I have made it a personal mission to find the best gluten free pad thai in New Jersey. So far, Wild Bamboo is the top contender. But it’s not just the pad thai that’s good, everything else is too! They have a pretty decent sized gluten free menu, covering all the bases—appetizers, soups, salads, fried rice, curry, pad thai, “chinese classics,” and desserts. Here you can see the full menu, but you’d have to visit to see the full extent of gluten free offerings, since they aren’t all marked on the main menu. This is one of those places that I was so excited to find, and even more excited to eat at when I realized how delicious the food is! It’s in Pier Village right on the beach—what a great spot to be in! You could spend the day on the beach then pop in and get some lunch or dinner. In the warmer months, they have some outdoor seating so you can enjoy the nice weather with your meal.

lettuce wraps and chicken satay

First up is the appetizers. We ordered the Chicken Satay. So, I’m not really sure what happened, but our waiter said something was wrong or something happened and he brought us Chicken Lettuce Wraps and said the Satay was on the house. We didn’t really understand why, but hey, we got some free food so I won’t complain. The most confusing part was that the Lettuce Wraps weren’t on the gluten free menu, but he assured us that it was gluten free (which was confirmed by the fact that I didn’t feel like I was dying the next day). So the Lettuce Wraps were awesome, I loved them. I think they were even better than  P.F. Changs’ lettuce wraps, which I also love very much. The Chicken Satay was pretty good too. I liked the peanut sauce a lot, but the chicken was coated in some curry flavors, and I’m not a huge lover of curry.

mandarin salad

The first time we visited I wasn’t that hungry, so I got the Mandarin Salad and added grilled chicken. It was so yummy and really refreshing. I loved the little pops of juicy mandarin throughout the meal. The dressing was pretty tasty; it didn’t say what the dressing was in the description of the salad but I think it was the ginger dressing. There are only two things I would like to change about it. First, I wish the chicken was diced rather than sliced, because, as I’ve said before, I like to get a little of everything in each bite, and the sliced chicken makes that hard. Second, if I got this again I would get it without red onions. I’m really not a fan of red onions but I forgot to ask to omit them, and the flavor kind of took over the dish.

pad thai

Now onto the most important part. The moment we’ve all been waiting for. The Chicken Pad Thai! This is some seriously awesome Pad Thai. The flavor is amazing. I wouldn’t change a thing about it. I still have to say that Chaang Thai’s pad thai is better, but this is definitely the next best thing. I think my favorite part about a pad thai (besides the flavor of the sauce of course) is the peanuts on top. It gives it a great crunch and a little contrasting texture. One of the best things about this Pad Thai is that it’s just as good left over. It reheats so well you would think it was freshly made. And I appreciate that in a meal, because that means I can eat it again and it will taste just as delicious!

I’ve also tried their Thai Pineapple Fried Rice, and my dad has gotten the Massaman Curry. I love the fried rice—pineapple in fried rice is one of the greatest ideas ever. It’s just so fantastic. My dad enjoyed the curry, but I can’t really comment on it because I was too focused on my pad thai to try it. Now, they also have some desserts, but I’ve never gotten around to trying them. Usually if I’m in the mood for dessert after my meal, we walk down a couple doors to The Corner Cafe & Bistro for some gelato. Overall, I love Wild Bamboo, and it is now my go to restaurant when I’m craving pad thai!

Have a restaurant suggestion for my next pad thai taste test? Tell me about it in the comments so I can give it a try!

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