Linguine with Creamy White Clam Sauce

Linguine with Creamy White Clam Sauce

3 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2016

Ripe tomato and fresh basil give this quick recipe tons of flavor. Serve this healthy pasta dinner with crusty garlic bread and steamed green beans.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 8 ounces whole-wheat linguine
  • 1 16-ounce container chopped clams (thawed if frozen) or two 10-ounce cans whole baby clams
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream or half-and-half


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  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until just tender, about 8 minutes or according to package directions. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, drain clams, reserving ¾ cup of the liquid. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and crushed red pepper and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the reserved clam liquid, lemon juice and salt; bring to a simmer and cook until slightly reduced, 2 to 3 minutes. Add tomato and the clams; bring to a simmer and cook for 1 minute more. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in basil and cream (or half-and-half). Add the pasta and toss to coat with the sauce. Garnish with more basil, if desired.
  • Fresh or frozen chopped clams from the seafood department are an underappreciated convenience. Compared to canned, they have a larger clam-to-liquid ratio and are lower in sodium. If you use canned, opt for whole baby clams (they're similar in size to the ones found in the seafood department). All clams get a sustainable rating from Seafood Watch.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1¼ cups
  • Per serving: 421 calories; 17 g fat(4 g sat); 8 g fiber; 52 g carbohydrates; 21 g protein; 42 mcg folate; 48 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 682 IU vitamin A; 10 mg vitamin C; 62 mg calcium; 5 mg iron; 372 mg sodium; 287 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Iron (28% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 2½ starch, ½ vegetable, 1½ lean meat, 2½ fat

Reviews 3

November 12, 2017
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By: Ruth
Delicious light pasta option.
March 17, 2017
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By: Mare
Making it again tonight for a meatless Lent Friday. Wonderful recipe and totally agree with another reviewer - What's not to love : Delicious, super simple to make, and quick. Great to have leftovers so don't be afraid to make to have those.
April 25, 2016
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By: EatingWell User
Easy to Make and the Kids Loved It! This recipe is for the time starved who loves good food and doesn't want to sacrifice flavor. It's got all the great elements; time friendly, fresh flavors and great versatility. Pros: What's not to love about clam sauce, fresh basil Cons: None that I know of
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