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Irresistibly Easy Linguine with Clams

Linguine with clams is a fast weeknight meal that you may even be able to sneak past the seafood haters in your family. You’ll love how easy these are with canned clams–no shells to sort or clean! You’ll be in linguine love.

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Pasta by itself never fills you up. An hour after a bowl of spaghetti and you’re rummaging for the chips.

Carbs alone won’t hold you over, but when you blend your favorite pasta (this would work with any linguine from whole wheat to chickpea) with the protein-packed power of clams you have a fast, filling dinner.

We’re using canned clams here because they are already cooked and it’s basically just a matter of rewarming them in a simple brothy sauce.

Win.

A lot of people worry that clams are overly fishy tasting or firm and rubbery like shrimp. They are neither of those things.

For a long time my kids thought they were eating mushrooms–clams sort of have the same texture as a cooked mushroom if I had to try and label them.

Are clams healthy?

Clams are loaded with protein. 22 grams in 3 ounces (just under a half cup) and have just 2 grams of fat and 4 carbs per serving. Clams are among some of the last wild foods. And they are delicious!

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How to make linguine with clams (white clam sauce)

Tips for the best easy linguine with clams

  • Don’t cook your clams to death. Just heat them up. They were cooked during the canning process.
  • Save the clam juice! You can also buy a bottle of it at the store if you think you need more.
  • Add fresh parsley and lemons when serving.
  • Replace 1/2 cup of the chicken broth with white wine and simmer.
  • Use a seafood stock (homemade if you have it).
  • If using chicken stock, make your own or buy a clean option like Pacific Foods organic.
large serving bowl of linguine with clams on a table
large serving bowl of linguine with clams on a table

Linguine with Clams

Fast pasta dishes are easier than ever with pantry staples you can whip up in minutes. Linguine with clams is a filling twist to a quick meal. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 402kcal
Author: Rachel Ballard

Ingredients

  • 1 pound linguine
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/2 cup white wine may be substituted
  • 2 cans fancy whole baby clams save the the juice
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs

Instructions

  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook according to package directions and drain.  While the pasta cooks, make the sauce. 
  • In another large (I do mean large) sauce pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat and add the onions. Saute until translucent about 6 minutes or so. Add the garlic and cook about 30 seconds or just until you smell it.
  • Add the chicken broth (you can use water or vegetable stock, too), the liquid from the clams (save the clams for last) salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and Italian seasoning. Bring to a simmer and reduce by half–about 6 to 7 minutes or so. 
  • Add the drained pasta to the sauce. Stir to coat and let the two cook together about 4 minutes. Add the lemon juice and stir to combine. Add the clams, cheese and bread crumbs and cook 4 to 5 more minutes until most of the liquid from the bottom of the pan is absorbed. Serve hot with some crusty french bread. 

Nutrition

Calories: 402kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 617mg | Potassium: 277mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 99IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 146mg | Iron: 2mg

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Brad

Friday 26th of February 2021

How many ounces was your 2 cans of clams? I've seen numerous sizes at the store.

Rachel Ballard

Saturday 27th of February 2021

About 6 ounces each Brad. You can go more or less depending on your preference.

Adriana

Monday 24th of August 2020

So, when do we add clams?

Rachel Ballard

Monday 24th of August 2020

Hey Adriana, it did say to save them until last in step 3, but I updated the recipe to clarify for you. --Rachel

Rachel Ballard

Wednesday 1st of February 2017

This is a great option!