Pasta with Red Clam Sauce Recipe

Linguine with clam sauce
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  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4
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Whether it's spaghetti, linguine, or fettuccine - pasta with red clam sauce is a classic dish in Italian-American restaurants. But it's an easy recipe to make at home, so there's no need to go out to enjoy this delicious seafood pasta.

What You'll Need

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon anchovy paste or 2 fillets, minced
  • 2 tablespoons 
  • capers
  • 1 teaspoon 
  • crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 3 cups prepared tomato sauce (plus 1/4 cup water to rinse jar)
  • 2 cans (6.5 ounces) chopped clams in juice
  • 1 pound linguine (or spaghetti or fettuccine pasta)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil (or Italian parsley), chopped
  • Optional: grated parmesan

How to Make It

  1. Add the olive oil, garlic, anchovy, capers and red pepper to a large saucepan, and turn on the heat to medium. When the garlic begins to sizzle, and before it starts to brown, add the wine. Cook until the wine reduces by about half.
  2. Stir in the tomato sauce, clams and juice. Bring to a gentle simmer over low heat. Stirring occasionally. Boil the pasta according to the directions on the package. Drain, but do not rinse. Add the spaghetti back to the pot in which it was cooked, and pour over the clam sauce, and basil. Toss with tongs to coat the pasta with the sauce. Cover and let sit for 2 minutes to absorb the flavors. Taste and season with salt if necessary. Serve hot with Parmesan if desired.
    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 661
    Total Fat 10 g
    Saturated Fat 2 g
    Unsaturated Fat 5 g
    Cholesterol 18 mg
    Sodium 498 mg
    Carbohydrates 111 g
    Dietary Fiber 9 g
    Protein 29 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)