Linguine With Red Clam Sauce

Course : Clams
Serves: 6
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3 cans clams -- minced
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon garlic -- crushed
1/4 cup dry sherry
1/4 tablespoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons dried parsley
28 ounces tomatoes -- crushed
1/8 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon salt and pepper -- to taste
1 pound linguine

Preparation / Directions:

Drain clams reserving liquid. Rinse drained clams and set aside. In a heavy saucepan, heat olive oil. When moderately hot, add garlic and stir for 10 seconds. Add tomatoes, sherry, reserved clam juice (being careful not to add any sediment that has collected in the bottom), oregano, parsley, red pepper flakes and salt to taste (hold off on the pepper until you've tasted the sauce). Cook over low to medium heat for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, boil a large quantity of water in a large stockpot, add linguine and cook until al dente, about 8 to 10 minutes. Just before draining the pasta, add the reserved clams to the sauce. Drain pasta and then mix with sauce. Serve with grated Parmesan and/or Romano

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