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Whole Grain Pasta with Clam Sauce

Last minute. Sometimes I don't plan ahead and on those days this dinner works great. My kids love it with pureed diced tomatoes. It isn't extremely low calorie but it is a nice change to throw in the mix every few weeks. I promise to only post my tried and true, kids-will-eat it meals. If I don't I will warn you!

Whole Grain Pasta with Clam Sauce
1 lb whole grain pasta (spelt is yummy or wheat...I use linguine or spaghetti)
1/4 c olive oil
1/4 c butter
2 (6.5 ounce) cans minced clams, drained with juice reserved
4 cloves crushed garlic
2 T chopped fresh parsley
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 c grated parmesan cheese
1 can diced tomatoes pureed (option: my kids love this)

Cook pasta. In small sauce pan over medium heat, warm oil butter, clam juice, garlic and parsley. Stir and simmr for 5 minutes. Add clams and salt and pepper to taste. Combine with hot pasta. Add tomatoes (if desired) and parmesan cheese.

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