Spaghetti with Red Clam Sauce

Total Time:
50 min
20 min
30 min

4 to 6 servings

  • Three 6 1/2-ounce cans minced or whole clams
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes or more to taste
  • One 28-ounce can whole tomatoes packed in juice, drained, and chopped
  • 1 pound dry spaghetti or linguini
  • 10 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
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Drain the clams reserving 1/2 cup of their juice and set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and cook until softened, but not browned, about 3 minutes. Add the pepper flakes and cook for 30 seconds more. Add the reserved clam juice and tomatoes, increase the heat and bring to a boil. Cover, and lower the heat to maintain a gentle simmer, cook for 15 minutes. Set aside.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat, salt generously. Cook the pasta until al dente, tender yet still slightly firm. During the last 5 minutes of cooking the pasta stir the clams, basil, and parsley into the sauce. Bring to a simmer and season with salt and pepper to taste. Drain the pasta and add to the sauce and toss to combine evenly. Divide among warmed bowls and serve.

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    I made this dish in 30 min. It was snowing out so I just used what was at hand and it turned out wonderful. I didn't have whole tomatoes so I used crushed. Instead of fresh basil I used about 3/4 tsp. dried as well as about 1/2 tsp. dried parsley. I also added the clam juice in  
    the end but reserved the already cooked clams and spread them over the pasta in wide serving bowls, then added the sauce so as not to over-cook the clams. Awesome!
    Wonderful! I did the garlic, tomato and salt part of the sauce the day before and cooked that all day in a crockpot the next day. This helped get rid of the tinny taste in the canned tomatoes. Halfway through the day I added the clam juice, then added the clams and basil the last hour. Such a simple dish but so delicious! Will make this again and again.
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