Linguine with Clams

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Pasta recipes are high on the list of soul-satisfying suppers, with this old-world classic among the most popular of the clan: briny fresh clams in a garlicky wine sauce, with nary a tomato in sight. Serve plenty of crusty bread alongside the dish to sop up every drop of the flavorful sauce.


  • 3 dozen littleneck clams (about 3 lbs./1.5 kg)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 lb. dried linguine or fettuccine
  • 1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup (4 fl. oz./125 ml) dry white wine
  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbs. snipped fresh chives


Scrub the clams well under cold running water.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the linguine and stir occasionally until the water returns to a boil. Cook according to the package directions until al dente.

While the linguine is cooking, in a large saucepan over medium heat, heat together the olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes until the garlic softens and is fragrant but not browned, about 3 minutes. Add the clams and wine and cover. Increase the heat to high and cook, shaking the pan occasionally until the clams have opened, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and discard any unopened clams. Add the butter and swirl the saucepan to melt the butter into the cooking liquid.

Drain the linguine and return it to its pot. Pour the clams and sauce over the linguine and mix gently. Transfer to a serving platter or individual pasta bowls, dividing the clams evenly. Sprinkle with the chives and serve. Serves 4.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Comfort Food, by Rick Rodgers (Oxmoor House, 2009)

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