A Fast Meal of Linguine With Red Clam Sauce

Need a meal in a hurry? Today’s recipe is an Italian pasta classic, Linguine with Red Clam Sauce. Delicious clams in a savory tomato sauce make an easy meal that is on the table in 30 minutes. I’m using canned clams which can be a staple pantry item for a quick meal. Drain the clams and reserve the clam juice. You’ll use juice from 2 cans in this recipe and add more if the sauce is too thick. You can use the rest in other recipes. The classic dish calls for linguine but if you don’t have it, spaghetti works well too. Start with a jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce. Add a few flavorful ingredients like capers and anchovy paste and cook with a quality white wine. If you try it with a cheap not so good wine, you can tell the difference in flavor.

Linguine with Red Clam Sauce

Use organic when available. Serves 4


Linguine with Red Clam Sauce

A fast and easy meal of delicious clams in a savory tomato sauce over linguine.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword clam sauce, clams, linguine, red clam sauce, red clam sauce and pasta
Servings 4


  • 4 cans 6 oz cans of chopped clams (or minced clams)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 clove garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 1 tbsp anchovy paste
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 24 oz jar of tomato pasta sauce like marinara
  • 1 lb linguine or spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup good quality dry white wine
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • Drain clams and reserve liquid
  • Put oil in pan over medium heat & add garlic, parsley, capers, anchovy paste, & pepper flakes
  • Cook for 2 minutes but don't brown garlic
  • Add pasta sauce
  • Rinse sauce jar with 1/4 cup of clam juice & add to pan
  • Add clam juice from 2 cans of clams (reserve clams) & white wine
  • Stir well
  • Bring to simmer and cook for 10 to 12 minutes
  • Cook pasta in boiling water, stirring occasionally until almost al dente
  • Drain pasta and return to big pot (no heat)
  • Add clams to sauce
  • Pour sauce over pasta
  • Put lid on pot and let it sit for about 3 minutes to finish cooking w/o heat
  • Stir in Parmesan cheese, salt, & pepper
  • Serve with crusty bread and a green salad
  • Optional garnish chopped fresh parsley or extra cheese

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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

17 thoughts to “A Fast Meal of Linguine With Red Clam Sauce”

  1. I don’t think I have ever eaten clams before and wasn’t sure you can even buy them over here but you can, they come in jars. How interesting. This meal looks delicious!

  2. I do love clam sauce and this looks very good indeed. I’m sending all good wishes on your surgery (this week?) and hopes that you will find your recuperation, even though a bit long, not too difficult. I wish I lived closer — I’d bring you chicken soup or flowers!

    1. My surgery hasn’t been scheduled yet. I see the doctor on the 21st and then hope he schedules it quickly. I’m not somebody who can sit and think about it for a month. I just want to get it over with. Thanks for the good thoughts!

  3. Excellent idea Carol. I’m trying to collect some good pantry-staple recipes for “those” days when we’re out of fresh stuff and just don’/t want to hit Publix or go out. This year those days are happening because we’re working too hard. But usually it is because I’m too lazy to clean up ;’>) Either way, this recipe is right up my alley.

    1. I also need quick meals. Sometimes my RA hits and I don’t have the energy to boil pasta. Then I microwave a potato and something else. I keep looking for more ideas!

  4. Yummy, that looks very, very delicious, dear Carol. But … I`m sad, I can`t eat glams, because I had a fish poisoning.

    Have a wonderful weekend, hugs by Heidrun

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