White Clam Pasta Sauce

    25 minutes

    This is a quick and easy weeknight dinner we make using tinned clams but it also works well with crab.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1/2 cup olive oil
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 2 (160g) tins minced clams, with juice
    • 500g spaghetti
    • 2 tablespoons grated Romano cheese

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Cook pasta according to packet directions.
    2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, brown garlic in olive oil over medium heat. Stir in butter or margarine and seasonings until butter or margarine is melted. Add clams with some of their liquid; heat through.
    3. Drain pasta. Toss spaghetti with clam sauce, and top with grated Romano cheese.

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    Wow - this was good! I took some of the other reviews suggestions and did the following: cut the oil in half - used 1/4 cup of white wine instead, lightens the oily taste, minced 5 cloves of garlic. Slipped in a few LIGHT shakes of red pepper flakes - be careful - this added A LOT of flavor. I combined all ingredients except the clams and allowed to them to come to a boil. I prepared the sauce in a large deep saucepan. Added the clams 2/3 minutes before the Spaghetti is al dente. Drain pasta and transferred it all to the sauce, cooked it altogether for 2 minutes and removed. Don't let the clams cook too long, they will come out rubbery.  -  29 Oct 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This was delicious. Although, I have to admit to changing the recipe after reading almost all of the reviews, and looking at a few other recipes. The compilated recipe follows: 1/4 c. butter, 2 T. flour, 5-6 large garlic cloves minced, 1 T. dried parsley, 1/4 tsp. dried oregano, 1/4 tsp. dried basil, 1/4 tsp. black pepper, red pepper flakes-optional-to taste-pinch, 1/4 c. olive oil, 1/4 c. white wine, 2(6.5 oz) cans minced clams in juice, 1/4 c. whipping cream, 1 lb. linguine, Romano or Parm. for sprinkling on top. Melt butter in deep saute pan. Add flour and spices, combine well. Add olive oil, wine, and juice from clams. Simmer over low heat until well combined and reduced a bit. Cook noodles. Right before adding cooked noodles to sauce add the minced clam meat and whipping cream to sauce--this keeps clams from getting rubbery. Toss well to coat. Serve with grated cheese. Made for anniversary dinner. Easy, impressive looking, wonderful!  -  02 Sep 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    My family loves linguine with white clam sauce. This proved to be a simple yet delicious recipe. Can't wait to make again. Spice it up with 1/2 tsp of hot pepper flakes. You'll love it!  -  27 Oct 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)