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Ron Santo's Linguine with Clam Sauce

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Category: Pasta

 Ingredients List

  • 1 Cube clam base
  • 1 c Ocean clams (25.5 oz)
  • 1 tb Olive oil
  • 1 Bunch green onion, chopped
  • 1/2 c Diced domestic mushrooms
  • 1/8 c Fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tb Fresh minced garlic
  • 1 Stick butter, melted
  • 1/2 ts Cayenne pepper
  • 2 md Tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 c White wine


Before he became a Hall of Fame contender as one of the best third-basemen
in history, Ron Santo toiled as a groundkeeper, a batboy, and an usher for
Seattle's PAcific Coast League team. But sweet success came along soon
enough, says Santo. "Vada Pinson, who was a great ballplayer for the Reds,
used to come by, and I'd shine his shoes. He went to the majors in 1958,
and by 1960, I was in the big leagues, so I went from shining his shoes to
playing against him in just two years."

Santo put away his shoeshine kit when the Chicago Cubs drafted him in 1960,
and he played for them through 1973. Over his 13 years with the club, he
won five Rawlings Gold Glove awards and racked up 337 home runs, the
third-highest total in Cubs history.

Thes days Santo spends his ballpark time in the broadcast booth rather than
the dugout, as the Cubs play-by-play analyst. "It's a lot easier up where I
am now than it is down on the field."

When Santo isn't on the air, he's in the kitchen of his restaurant and
sports bar, Ron Santo's American Rotisserie, which specializes in chicken,
ribs, steaks, and pasta. "I eat there every night with my wife, and the
waiters and waitresses will come over and say, 'They'd like to see you at
that table over there for an autograph.' I designed a baseball card for the
restaurant with a picture of me in a suit on the back and a picture of me
in a baseball uniform on the front. It gives all my stats. My customers eat
it up."

That is, when they're not devouring his Linguine with Clam Sauce.

In a bowl, dissolve clam base in reserved juice from canned clams. In large
saucepan, heat olive oil until sizzling. Saute onions, mushrooms, basil and
garlic. Add butter and cayenne. Stir in tomatoes, wine and clams in base
mixture, and cook for 3-4 minutes. Cook linguine until it is AL DENTE;
drain well. Top with sauce.

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