17 Sep

“Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship”.  Benjamin Franklin

Budgets.  Ugh!  It’s an ugly word for sure.  Budgets are so constricting.  They stink.                       But let’s face it.  To manage a family, a budget is a must.  It is a way to achieve some      financial goals for your family.  And there is no time like the present.

A successful business or company won’t survive without not only a budget, but a way to stick to it too.  Low cost recipes can be key.  Home cooked, inexpensive, and quick meals can sure help keep a budget within reason.  But the food has to be flavorful and nutritious as well.  So here comes sauce from a can.  This recipe will make you a hero!

Linguine with clam sauce from a can (several cans actually!)

2 T. Olive oil

2-3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 can tomato paste

1 28 ounce can chopped tomatoes

1 can tomato sauce

2 cans chopped clams in clam juice

2-3 T. chopped parsley

2-3 T. chopped basil

1/2 -1 t. red pepper flakes

salt and pepper to taste

Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat.  Toss garlic in and saute for 2-3 minutes.  Do not let garlic brown.  Next, add tomato paste.  Saute in oil and with garlic for 4-5 minutes over medium heat.

Add the diced tomatoes and tomato sauce.  Stir.  Add parsley, basil, and red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper to taste.  Open and add the clam juice from 1 can of clams. Stir well to incorporate. Let simmer for 20-25 minutes.  Put a big pot of water for the linguine on high heat.

Drain the second can of clams.  Add during the last 5 minutes of cooking the sauce so they don’t get rubbery.  Serve with linguine.  I usually serve frozen green beans and garlic bread with this meal.  It is very inexpensive, colorful, and nutritious.  This meal can be done on a shoestring budget, so enjoy.  Bon Appetite!

Linguine with clam sauce! A delicious budget friendly main dish!

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