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Name: Clam Noodle Florentine
Key Ingredient: clams
Preparation: casserole
Cuisine: American
Source: Newspaper
Food Group: seafood
Meals: dinner
Courses: main
Temperature: hot
Effort: easy
Prep. Time: :35
Elapsed Time: 1:00
Servings: 6

3 tablespoons margarine
1/4 cup chopped onion
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1-1/2 cups light cream or milk
2 (6-1/2 ounce) cans minced or chopped clams, drained, reserving 1/2 cup liquid
3 cups cooked medium noodles, well-drained
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup buttered bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 350F. In large saucepan, melt margarine. Add onion; cook until tender. Blend in flour, salt and pepper. Slowly stir in cream and reserved clam liquid. Cook and stir over medium heat 5 minutes or until mixture thickens. Add clams, noodles and spinach to sauce; blend well.
Spoon half the noodle mixture and half the cheese into greased 1-1/2-quart baking dish; repeat layering. Top with crumbs. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until hot.

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