Spaghetti with Creamy Clam Sauce

  • Active Time 15m
  • Total Time 25m
  • Rating ****

Makes 4 main-dish servings

This creamy version of the ever-popular pasta with clam sauce cooks in minutes. If small cans of minced clams are pantry staples, you can prepare an enticing meal with very little notice. Serve with a green salad and crusty bread to soak up the sauce.


  • 8 ounces dried spaghetti or linguine or 1 pound fresh linguine or other ribbon pasta
  • Sauce
  • For Sauce:
  • 2 6-1/2 ounce cans minced clams
  • Half and half, light cream, or milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons margarine or butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil or oregano, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup snipped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


In a large saucepan or pasta pot bring 3 quarts water to boiling. Add pasta. Reduce heat slightly. Boil, uncovered, for 8-12 minutes for dried pasta or 1 1/2-2 minutes for fresh, or till al dente, stirring occasionally. (Or, cook according to package directions.) Immediately drain.

FOR SAUCE: Meanwhile, drain clams, reserving liquid. Add enough half-and-half, light cream, or milk to the reserved liquid to make 1 and 3/4 cups.

In a medium saucepan cook the onion and garlic in hot margarine or butter for about 5 minutes, or till onion is tender but not brown. Stir in the flour, basil or oregano, salt, and pepper. Add the cream mixture all at once. Cook and stir till thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 1 minute more. Stir in the parsley, wine, and clams. Heat through.

Serve sauce over hot pasta. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.

RecID 2301

nutrition information per serving

555 calories; 17g total fat; 105mg cholesterol; 398mg sodium; 59g carbohydrates; 2g fiber; 37g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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