Linguine with Clam Sauce


Linguine with Clam Sauce

Prep Time: 5 Mins Cooking Time: 20 Mins Total Time: 25 Mins


  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped (or 1/3 cup finely chopped onion)
  • 3 6.5-ounce cans chopped clams, drained, juice reserved (you should have about 1 1/2 cups of juice)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (or chicken broth, if the wine flavor will trouble your kids)
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly grated parmesan
  • 1 pound of linguini, freshly cooked until just tender (be sure to salt the cooking water well)


  1. Set a large pot of four quarts of water to boil (for the linguine). Salt the water generously. (Add the pasta when the water comes to a boil.)
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil and butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat, then sauté the onions and garlic until softened and very fragrant — 3 or 4 minutes.
  3. Add the reserved clam juice, the wine or broth, and the Worcestershire sauce, raise the heat, and bring it to a vigorous simmer, then lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes (while you cook the linguini according to package instructions).
  4. Drain the linguine when it’s done al dente — don’t let it overcook to too much softness, as you’ll be simmering it further in the sauce (next step).
  5. Taste the sauce for salt, then add the clams, the linguine, and the parsley, and simmer together for 5 minutes, until the sauce is mostly absorbed and everything tastes fantastic.
  6. Serve with grated parmesan.