Pasta with White Clam Sauce


This restaurant-style clam pasta dish couldn't be easier. It comes together in just 30 minutes but tastes as if it took all day.

Pasta with White Clam Sauce
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 10 ounce dried linguine or fettuccine

  • 2 6.5 ounce can chopped or minced clams

  • 2 cup half-and-half, light cream, or whole milk

  • ½ cup chopped onion (1 medium)

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoon butter or margarine

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoon snipped fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon black pepper

  • ¼ cup snipped fresh parsley

  • ¼ cup dry white wine, nonalcoholic dry white wine, or chicken broth

  • ¼ cup finely shredded or grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; keep warm. Meanwhile, drain canned clams, reserving the juice from one of the cans (you should have about 1/2 cup). Add enough of the half-and-half to the reserved clam juice to equal 2 1/2 cups liquid. Set clams and clam juice mixture aside.

  2. In a medium saucepan cook onion and garlic in hot butter over medium heat until tender but not brown. Stir in flour, dried oregano (if using), salt, and pepper. Add clam juice mixture all at once. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 1 minute more. Stir in drained clams, fresh oregano (if using), parsley, and wine or broth. Heat through. Serve over hot pasta. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

595 Calories
23g Fat
69g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 595
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 369mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 69g 25%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 15.4mg 77%
Calcium 252.4mg 19%
Iron 12.8mg 71%
Potassium 499mg 11%
Folate, total 177.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 36.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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