Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke
4 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

This quick-and-easy clam sauce recipe features canned clams, chopped tomatoes, minced garlic,  white wine, crushed red pepper, and fresh herbs.  Serve over hot cooked fettuccine for an easy weeknight entrée.

How to Make It

Step 1

Drain clams in a colander over a bowl, reserving liquid.

Step 2

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add tomato, parsley, and pepper; cook 1 minute. Add wine; cook 30 seconds. Add reserved clam liquid and pasta, tossing to coat; cook 3 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates, stirring frequently. Stir in clams and basil. Serve immediately.

Ratings & Reviews

DawnSanchez72's Review

June 19, 2013
Easy & great tasting - my kind of dish!

mharrigan's Review

March 16, 2013
A really awesome recipe! I doubled it and made it for a bunch of girls over spring break and they all loved it. The only complaint I have is that it took a LOT longer to boil down the sauce, and it was not as thick as I wanted it to be. Next time I will be adding the clam sauce gradually as opposed to all at once and it should work fine!

SingingGourmand's Review

January 28, 2013
We really enjoyed this. We added a cup of chopped sweet onion with the garlic (which we doubled), and used a can of diced tomatoes instead of fresh. When it came time to add the wine, we assessed the volume of clam liquid left and decided to add it early, so it had time to cook down. We made the full sauce with half the pasta to serve two, and it was perfect.

EllenDeller's Review

January 20, 2012
I usually don't use a recipe to make clam sauce, but thought I'd try this. It's fantastic! My only changes were to stir in a TB of anchovy paste into the sauce and saute some minced shallots with the garlic. My husband and I ate the whole recipe, but that--and a small salad--was dinner. If you had bread or other dishes, maybe you could squeeze four servings, but they'd be small.

dory92064's Review

March 25, 2011
For a quick & easy meal this is excellent! Added 1 can tomatoes along with the 1 1/2 chopped fresh tomatoes, more garlic, sprinkle of thyme & oregano. Served with sprinkle of grated fresh parmensan and squeeze of fresh lemon juice. The flavor was outstanding. Great meal for week day or for company.

LaraRR's Review

March 22, 2010
This is a solid clam sauce recipe. Great flavor. I have been making it for 7 years.