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White Clam Sauce with Linguine

This delicious and savory pasta dish is made even easier with canned clams.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword cream sauce, pasta night, seafood recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 571kcal
Cost $3


  • Large pot
  • Large skillet


  • 1 12-ounce package linguine
  • ¼ cup olive oil good quality
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 8-ounce cans minced clams 24 ounces, juice drained and reserved
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup chopped parsley plus more for garnish
  • crushed red pepper flakes for garnish, optional


  • Fill large pot with salted water. Add linguine and cook until pasta is al dente. Drain pasta water and set noodles aside.
  • In large skillet over medium-high heat, warm olive oil until oil is hot and shimmering. Add garlic and sauté until just fragrant.
  • Add reserved liquid from cans of clams, white wine, and salt. Stir well and bring liquid to boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook 10 minutes or until liquid has reduced approximately 50%.
  • Add minced clams and chopped parsley to skillet. Stir until clams are heated through, then reduce heat to low.
  • Add cooked linguine to skillet. Toss pasta in sauce over low heat until noodles have absorbed some (not all) sauce. Plate pasta and clam sauce, garnish with additional parsley and crushed red pepper flakes if desired, and serve immediately.


  • Optional Variation: In Southern Italy, tomatoes and fresh basil are often added to this dish.
  • Tips for cooking pasta al dente: Make sure to heavily salt your water. Use plenty of water in the pot, so that the pasta has plenty of room to move around and expand.
  • Make it Keto/Low Carb: Use a pasta alternative, like palmini noodles.


Serving: 1serving, with pasta | Calories: 571kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 1656mg | Potassium: 286mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 632IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 4mg | Net Carbs: 72g