Spaghetti with Clams


Cook this clam recipe in a delicious blend of white wine, broth, lemon juice, and crushed red pepper for a light and tasty spaghetti with clams dinner recipe.

Spaghetti with Clams
Photo: Karla Conrad
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Soak Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins


  • 1 ½ pound clams in shells

  • ¼ cup chopped shallots

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 ¾ cup reduced-sodium vegetable broth or one 14.5-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • ¼ cup dry white wine or reduced-sodium vegetable broth

  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 4 cup hot cooked multigrain spaghetti (about 10 ounces dried spaghetti)

  • Fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley

  • Finely shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. Scrub clams under cold running water. To soak clams, in an 8-quart Dutch oven combine 4 quarts cold water and 1/3 cup salt; add clams. Soak for 15 minutes; drain and rinse. Discard water. Repeat soaking, draining, and rinsing twice.

  2. In a very large skillet cook shallots in hot oil over medium heat about 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Add broth, wine, lemon juice, and crushed red pepper. Bring to boiling. Add clams; reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, covered, for 8 to 10 minutes or until clams are opened. Discard any unopened clams.

  3. Toss together clams and spaghetti. Top with parsley. If desired, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

318 Calories
5g Fat
44g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 318
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 313mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 21.8mg 109%
Calcium 80.8mg 6%
Iron 0.2mg 1%
Potassium 490mg 10%
Folate, total 32.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.5mcg
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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