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Clams and Linguine

Clams and linguine is just possibly the easiest and quickest pasta dish you can make. In about 20 minutes, you can have a delicious pasta dish on the table. Plus it’s just fancy enough to make a regular weeknight meal feel special.

This recipe originally appeared on my other site: Simply Whisked.

Clams, in the shell and chopped, and linguine in a bowl, garnished with chopped parsley

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What I love about clams and linguine

Staying with my parents has made me want to eat all of my favorite childhood foods. Things that I love when my mom makes, but really never feel the need to make myself – like clams and linguine – which we’ve always, always referred to as clams and spaghetti even though we’ve never, ever made it with spaghetti. I guess it’s just one of those weird things.

No matter what we call it, I’ve been eating this meal since I was a kid – even if I didn’t always eat the clams. It’s one of my dad’s favorites, and my family has it on a very regular basis.

Clams and linguine is just possibly the easiest and quickest pasta dish you can make. In about 20 minutes, you can have a delicious pasta dish on the table. Plus it’s just fancy enough to make a regular weeknight meal feel special.

Clams and linguine in two bowls garnished with chopped parsley. A bottle of wine and a small bowl of chopped parsley next to the past bowls.

Here’s what you’ll need to make pasta with clams

How to make linguine with clam sauce

Boil the pasta. Boil a large pot of salted water, and cook the pasta according the directions on the package for al dente. Make sure to reserve about ½ cup of pasta water before straining.

Make the sauce. Sauté garlic, red pepper flakes and basil in olive oil until you can smell the garlic. Normally that takes about 30 seconds. Add the clams and clam juice and simmer while your pasta cooks.

Toss the pasta. Combine the clam sauce and the linguine, adding the reserved pasta water if needed to stretch the sauce. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve.

Overhead shot of a bowl of clams and linguine garnished with chopped parsley, and clam shells, with a bottle of wine and a bowl of parsley on the side.

FAQs and tips on making clams and linguine

Do you drain canned clams?

No, clams are stored in the liquid that comes from the shucking and cooking process. So you want to use all that flavorful juice for the recipe.

Are canned clams cooked?

Yes, they are cooked during the canning process so you do not have to technically cook them. We will simmer them to allow them to absorb all of the yummy flavors of the garlic, basil, and pepper flakes.

What should you serve with clams and linguine?

You could serve a fresh garden salad with a light dressing. A good hard roll or crusty bread is delicious to serve along with the linguine to dip in the sauce is always a great choice.

Close up of clams and linguine in a bowl, garnished with clam shells and chopped parsley.

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Close up of clams and linguine in a saute pan, garnished with clam shells and chopped parsley.
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Clams and Linguine

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

Clams and linguine is just possibly the easiest and quickest pasta dish you can make. In about 20 minutes, you can have a delicious pasta dish on the table. Plus it’s just fancy enough to make a regular weeknight meal feel special.


Ingredients

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  • 1 16-ounce package linguine
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 3 6.5-ounce cans chopped or minced clams in juice
  • 1 package clams, thawed
  • 1 8-ounce bottle clam juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • Coarse salt

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. In a small sauce pan, heat olive oil to medium heat.
  3. Sauté garlic, crushed red peppers, and basil in the olive oil until fragrant.
  4. Add clams in their juice and clam juice.
  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer until pasta is ready.
  6. When pasta is cooked, toss with clams and sauce.
  7. Serve with dairy free parmesan cheese or top with nutritional yeast.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 278
  • Sugar: 4.8 g
  • Sodium: 360.7 mg
  • Fat: 2.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 54.1 g
  • Fiber: 2.5 g
  • Protein: 8.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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