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

Canned clams make this no-fuss linguine and sauce recipe supereasy. Of course, you can use fresh littleneck clams, if you prefer. Cook them for about five minutes or until the shells open, and discard any unopened shells. Use less crushed red pepper, or omit it if you prefer a milder sauce. Serve with garlic bread and a tossed green salad.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain.

Step 2

Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, and crushed red pepper to pan; sauté 3 minutes or until onion is lightly browned. Stir in tomato paste and tomatoes; cook 4 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly. Stir in clams; cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove from heat; stir in parsley, basil, and oregano. Serve with pasta.

Ratings & Reviews

TCUnurse's Review

December 05, 2013
quick recipe for a delicious and healthy weeknight dinner. used dried linguine since had it on hand already and added extra red pepper flakes for more spiciness.

EllenDeller's Review

August 10, 2012
I add about 2 TB of red wine to the sauce and put the clam juice in before simmering about 20-30 minutes. I get the sauce going first, then while it's cooking make salad, get the pasta water heating, set the table, etc. That gives a much richer, thicker sauce than 4 minutes could. Otherwise, I follow this recipe as written, and boy is it good! The whole recipe serves me (one serving) and husband (three servings), so if you have hungry athletic types, you may want to double the recipe.

Malyna's Review

April 12, 2012

Adshehan's Review

February 11, 2012
Easy to make and great flavor! One that I'll make again for sure!

carolfitz's Review

July 16, 2011
Supereasy. Made to recipe using sun-dried tomato paste and 16 littlenecks. Cooked the clams in the finished sauce. Combined the pasta and sauce and plated topped with clams in their shells. Was fine as is, probably would have been better for us with half the red pepper flakes. Served with garlic ciabbatta sticks and romaine/parm salad.

puglove's Review

January 05, 2011
I make this all the time. And I absolutely love it--I crave this recipe. It's soo good. Although, I do cook this much longer than the recipe suggests. I like my pasta sauces very thick. I only rated it 3 stars because I would never serve canned food for a "special occasion." This is not a special occasion recipe. It's an absolutely delicious, totally yummy weeknight recipe. It's a standard in my rotation.

CindiVF's Review

May 12, 2010
Perfect blend spiciness! I make this all the time. I use no-salt added tomatoes and no-salt tomato paste, which gives this a fresh tomato taste. I also use twice the amount of tomato paste called for. I served this with a romaine lettuce salad with a vinnegarette.

GayleR's Review

February 12, 2009
Easy to make and good to eat. We did find it too spicy and I would use half the crushed red pepper if making it again. I didn't have fresh spices on hand and used half the amount of dried.