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Linguine in White Clam Sauce


Linguine White Clam Sauce
20-minute linguine with white clam sauce

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This is another quick and easy recipe pasta recipe, appealing to the lazy cook in me. Since clams cook really quickly, I love the fact that I can whip up this one-dish meal in about 20 minutes. The actual cooking time for clams is less than 5 minutes – overcooking is a no-no and will result in chewy and rubbery clams. I really love to cook such pasta dishes at home – not only are they easy to prepare, the ingredients are relatively cheap as well, making it really economical to enjoy it often at home.

Linguine White Clam Sauce

Linguine in White Clam Sauce Recipe

Remember not to overcook the clams (no longer than 5 minutes) as they will taste rubbery as a result.

Serves: 1

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins


  • 250 grams clams such as manila clams, asari clams or lala clams
  • 1 serving (about 60-80 grams) linguine
  • 1.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove thinly sliced
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes to taste
  • 1/2 glass white wine
  • a small knob butter
  • 50 grams Italian parsley finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Scrub clams with a hard brush, then soak in salted water for at least an hour for the clams to purge out sand and impurities. Drain and rinse clams.
  2. Cook linguine according in boiling salted water until al dente (usually about 2-3 minutes minus package indicated timing). Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water.
  3. Heat olive oil in pan, saute garlic until light golden brown, then add the clams. Add pepper flakes and wine; let the wine evaporate. Cover with lid and allow the clams to steam for about 3 minutes, or until all the shells open, shaking the pan occasionally. Discard any clams that remain closed.
  4. Toss pasta with clams, butter, freshly chopped parsley and an extra drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Add a little of the reserved pasta water to bind everything together. Season with salt and pepper.

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9 Responses to “Linguine in White Clam Sauce”

  1. Norma - Platanos, Mangoes and Me! — August 30, 2013 @ 8:21 pm

    One ofmy old time favorites and your looks absolutely delicious.


  2. Little Corner of Mine — August 31, 2013 @ 12:25 am

    Looks delicious. Gorgeous clams!


  3. Dariel — September 2, 2013 @ 8:01 pm

    Hi Noobcook,

    The clams pasta look delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe and will try one day! :)



  4. Ellena Guan — September 2, 2013 @ 10:20 pm

    Gosh! Simply loves this quick and easy recipe. Bookmarked!!!!!


  5. TasteHongKong — September 2, 2013 @ 11:54 pm

    Love linguine with clams, especially cooked just right. They must be very tasty in such a pungent sauce.


  6. tigerfish — September 3, 2013 @ 12:27 am

    I also enjoy clams a lot, just that I seldom buy them cos with fresh clams I need to make sure I have to cook them on the day I buy them and I have not tried frozen clams before, Love this easy pasta dish too …so yummy!


  7. lynn — September 4, 2013 @ 9:35 am

    Hi, any specific white wine u would recommend for this?


    • wiffy replied: — September 4th, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

      just any type of plain (not fruity or flavoured) and dry white wine will do. You don’t have to buy expensive grades.


  8. Juliana — September 6, 2013 @ 2:16 am

    This pasta dish looks fabulous Wiffy…I love the rich buttery flavor…yum!
    Thanks for the recipe and hope you are enjoying your week :D