Nonna’s Birthday Dinner

“we age not by years, but by stories”

For my mother’s birthday she wanted spaghetti and clam sauce. She never asks me to cook for her birthday so I was excited when she did. I’ll make clam sauce once in awhile throughout the year, but I always make my special clam sauce on Christmas Eve. This is one recipe that my dad would make on Christmas Eve. Every time I make it I think of all the special memories I have of him; so I try to make it taste like his. My dad had a secret ingredient that made it taste amazing! I will be sharing that ingredient with you in my recipe.

I also made tomato and mozzarella caprese salad, a big salad, and garlic bread. For her birthday cake she wanted lemon meringue pie. I usually make it for her but didn’t have a chance (plus it was too humid), so my sister bought one. It was a beautiful celebration for my mom!

Dad’s Clam Sauce

  • 3 – 28 oz cans of crushed tomatoes
  • 4 squirts of tomato paste (more or less depending on who thick you like your sauce)
  • seasoning to taste – salt, pepper, garlic powder
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • handful of fresh parsley
  • handful of sugar (optional)
  • 3 – jars of clam juice
  • 1 – large can of Pastene white clam sauce (dad’s secret ingredient)
  • 3 – containers of minced clams
  • 3 – pounds of linguine pasta
  • parmesan cheese, optional

Add the tomato paste, garlic and seasoning to a big sauce pan, cook for a few minutes. Then add the crushed tomatoes, clam juice, Pastene clam sauce, and handful of sugar. Let simmer for a few hours. I add the minced clams and parsley about a half hour before I make the linguine.

Add the linguine to sauce in a large serving bowl. Serve with parmesan cheese, if desired. This recipe serves a lot of people, you can cut it in half or enjoy leftovers the next day. I hope you enjoy it!

One Comment Add yours

  1. Giana says:

    This is delicious!

    Liked by 1 person

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