Pasta with White Clam Sauce Recipe

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Garlic and oregano enhance the seafood flavor of this delicious main dish. "An Italian friend of my mom's passed on the recipe to her, and I began preparing it when I was 14," writes Kelli Soike of Tallahassee, Florida. "For convenience, it can be made in advance...and leftovers are just as good."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 12 ounces uncooked linguine
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (2 ounces) anchovies, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 bottle (8 ounces) clam juice
  • 1 can (6-1/2 ounces) minced clams, undrained
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 5 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 379 calories, 13g fat (2g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 874mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 4g fiber), 16g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 2 fat, 1 lean meat.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. In a saucepan, saute garlic and anchovies in oil for 3 minutes, breaking up anchovies. Stir in the clam juice, clams, water, oregano, parsley, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until sauce is reduced by half. Drain pasta; toss with clam sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as Pasta With White Clam Sauce in Light & Tasty April/May 2004, p45

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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annrms User ID: 2649709 227368
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2015

"Delicious recipe! I added a touch more garlic and used frozen chopped clams because I had them to use up. Loved the oregano. I would double the sauce recipe, though if I wanted to serve five."

rambo1cat User ID: 3032108 132419
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2013

"My husband request this dish frequently."

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