Pasta With Pistachio Clam Sauce

4 to 6 servings.

1 can Chopped clams
3 tablespoons Each butter, melted, and flour
1 small clove Garlic, minced
1 cup Milk
2 tablespoons Each dry white wine and grated Parmesan cheese
¾ cup Natural American pistachios, chopped, divided
1 small Tomato, chopped
8 ounces Curly pasta, cooked and drained
Salt and white pepper


Drain clams; reserve ½ cup liquid. In microwave-safe 4-cup container combine butter, flour and garlic; microcook, covered, at HIGH 30 seconds. Stir in reserved clam liquid, milk, salt and pepper to taste. Microcook, covered, at HIGH 3 to 3-1/2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in clams, wine and cheese; microcook, covered, at HIGH one minute. Add ½ cup pistachios and tomato. Toss with pasta; sprinkle remaining pistachios over top.

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Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!