Linguine with Creamy White Clam Sauce


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.

Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
4 servings


  • 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


  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 3/4 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 Facts (per serving)

421 Calories
17g Fat
52g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 1/4 cups
Calories 421
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 22g 43%
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Vitamin A 683IU 14%
Vitamin C 10mg 12%
Folate 42mcg 11%
Sodium 372mg 16%
Calcium 62mg 5%
Iron 5mg 28%
Magnesium 92mg 22%
Potassium 287mg 6%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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