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Linguine With Red Clam Sauce on a white plate with a fork holding some of the linguine which is garnished with Parmigiano Regianno

Easy and Delicious Linguine With Red Clam Sauce!

Linguine with red clam sauce is an easy to make, delicious and elegant dinner! You can have this on your table in less than 30 minutes for your whole family to enjoy!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
resting time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 532 kcal


  • 1 Covered skillet
  • 1 large pot for cooking pasta


  • 1 lb linguine can sub spaghettini or spaghetti
  • 2 6.5 oz cans of chopped clams
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 15 oz can diced tomatoes can sub San Marzano tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 4-6 Thai chilies minced; can sub ½ tablespoon red chili flakes or add amount to your liking (omit for a non spicy dish)
  • 1 cup Italian parsley lightly packed; ½ will be stirred into the pasta and ½ used as garnish
  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • Parmigiano Regianno grated...add to your heart's content! Can sub Parmesan but the real deal is preferred


  • Bring a large pot of water to the boil, and prepare to cook the linguine according to your package directions. Time finishing cooking the pasta with when the red clam sauce is finished resting.
  • For the red clam sauce, heat up the olive oil on medium heat and begin by sautéing garlic and chilies for around 3 minutes.
    minced garlic and chilies in olive oil in a skillet
  • Next add the tomatoes and clams (and their juices) and bring to the boil.
    clams and diced tomatoes with garlic and chilies in a skillet
  • Lower the heat to a simmer, stir in the capers and tomato paste, and simmer uncovered for around 10 minutes.
    red clam sauce with capers
  • Now add butter, half of your Italian parsley, and season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and let stand covered for around 5 minutes.
    Red clam sauce with butter and Italian parsley
  • Your red clam sauce is now ready to serve with your linguine! Garnish with the rest of the Italian parsley, as well as the real deal Parmigiano Regianno!
    Linguine With Red Clam Sauce on a white plate with a fork holding some of the linguine which is garnished with Parmigiano Regianno


The capers and clams add quite a bit of saltiness to this dish.  If you are watching your salt, please go easy as far as adding any additional salt.
Feel free to omit the chilies for a non spicy dish.  However if you like spicy food and have access to Thai bird's eye chilies, I highly urge you to try them in this dish they are fantastic! 
I love to serve Linguine With Red Clam Sauce with a lovely salad, and a crisp cold glass of Italian white wine such as Pinot Grigio.
Amaretti cookies, a favorite Italian cookie, would be the perfect dessert to finish off this dinner.☺️
Buon Appetito!


Calories: 532kcalCarbohydrates: 95gProtein: 17gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 333mgPotassium: 702mgFiber: 6gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 1630IUVitamin C: 41mgCalcium: 104mgIron: 4mg
Keyword clam sauce, linguine, Pasta, red clam sauce
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