Spaghetti with Arugula & Clam Sauce

Canned clams are a great ingredient to have on hand for a fast dinner. Plus, their juices amp up the flavor of this sauce. Look for cans with certification from the Marine Stewardship Council for the most sustainable choice.

Spaghetti with Arugula & Clam Sauce
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • 8 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti (see Tip)

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 (10 ounce) can whole clams

  • ¼ cup dry white wine

  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • teaspoon salt

  • 4 cups baby arugula

  • Grated Parmesan cheese (Optional)


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.

  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until starting to soften, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and crushed red pepper and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add clams and their juice, wine, lemon zest and lemon juice. Bring to a simmer. Adjust heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced by half, 6 to 8 minutes.

  3. Stir in butter and salt. Add the hot pasta and toss to coat. Add arugula and toss until slightly wilted, about 1 minute. Serve with Parmesan, if desired.


Using whole-wheat gives you double the fiber of regular pasta for a more filling meal. Only 5% of the U.S. population gets the daily recommended 25 to 30 grams. This simple swap is an easy way to inch closer to that goal.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

397 Calories
14g Fat
50g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 1/4 cups
Calories 397
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 21g 42%
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Vitamin A 557IU 11%
Sodium 460mg 20%

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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