Pasta with White Clam Sauce

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


5 servings

Updated: Sep. 14, 2023
Garlic and oregano enhance the seafood flavor of this delicious linguine with white clam sauce. An Italian friend of my mom's passed on the recipe to her, and I began preparing it when I was 14. For convenience, it can be made in advance—and leftovers are just as good! —Kelli Soike, Tallahassee, Florida
Pasta with White Clam Sauce Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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
  • Optional: Chopped fresh parsley and fresh oregano leaves


  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; if desired, top with parsley and oregano.

Nutrition 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.