Spicy Clam Sauce Recipe - Allrecipes.com
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Spicy Clam Sauce

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"A very quick, simple clam sauce to serve with any light pasta. I always serve it with farfalle. This has been one of my family's favorite pasta recipes for years, and I always serve it with buttery garlic bread."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    30 mins


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and drained clams; cook and stir for about 5 minutes. Season with oregano, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Pour in the reserved clam juice. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and serve over pasta. Garnish with Parmesan cheese, if desired.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 02, 2006

Wow! What a nice change from those sauces loaded with butter and cream. This was great with a salad and garlic bread. Be sure you let the sauce reduce at a slow boil to let the flavors mingle. I will make this again and again. Thank you for sharing!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 28, 2005

This was awful! The dried oregano overpowered the other ingredients. The only way I could salvage this was to add melted butter and lemon juice. Only then was it passable. Perhaps fresh oregano would have been better.


9 Ratings

Aug 28, 2005

This sauce was great/I added some basil but I dont think it needed it. You didnt say when to add the garlic so I added it with the clams and sauteed them together. I used orecchiette pasta/

Sep 05, 2008

i added white wine, lemon and mushrooms very tasty

Sep 23, 2005

Easy fast and most of all good. You need to go for it and add about a half of stick of butter.

Nov 24, 2010

This recipe was AWESOME but I made one mistake...I only had 2 cans of clams instead of 3 so the spices were a bit overwhelming at first. Fortunately I had some marscapone left over from another recipe and added that. Turned out absolutely delicious!

Sep 14, 2013

Awesome and super easy! I also added a little lemon for some acidity. Will now become a regular on the dinner table.


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  • Calories
  • 232 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 7.7 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 75 mg
  • 25%
  • Fat
  • 8.8 g
  • 14%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 29.1 g
  • 58%
  • Sodium
  • 195 mg
  • 8%

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

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