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Spaghetti with White Clam Sauce Recipe

Spaghetti with White Clam Sauce

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Original recipe makes 4 - 6 servings Change Servings


  1. Cook pasta according to package 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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 07, 2012

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.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 16, 2010

Not being a huge marinara fan, I nearly always choose white clam sauce for my pasta. So, I've tried lots of different ones. I was very disappointed with this particular recipe. (Sorry!) I thought it used WAY too much olive oil. (1/2 cup!) The sauce was very thin and watery, even though I later tried to doctor it up by adding a slosh of heavy cream. The flavor of the sauce was pretty good. But it was much too thin and watery and oily for my taste. Not a fan of this recipe, wanted something more rich and creamy. Just my personal preference. :-)

Sep 03, 2008

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!

Dec 28, 2003

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!

Aug 29, 2002

This recipe went over big at my house. My husband has instructed me never to buy canned clam sauce again. He made me make twice this week! I substituted one can of whole baby clams for one of the cans of minced clams...delicious!

Jan 16, 2006

Tasted pretty good, but made some minor changes. Increased the butter to 1/4 cup, used 3 cans of clams, added 1/4 tsp thyme, and added 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup white wine.

Dec 07, 2003

We are major clam lovers. I used a 10 oz can of whole clams plus a 6.5 oz can minced and will double it, at least, next time.

Dec 07, 2003

Easy and tasty. I found that my family likes it better with an extra can of clams.


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  • Calories
  • 867 kcal
  • 43%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 90.7 g
  • 29%
  • Cholesterol
  • 81 mg
  • 27%
  • Fat
  • 37.3 g
  • 57%
  • Fiber
  • 3.9 g
  • 16%
  • Protein
  • 39.9 g
  • 80%
  • Sodium
  • 198 mg
  • 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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