Spaghetti with Clams

Total Time:
30 min
10 min
20 min

4 servings


In a large pot, bring to a boil 6 quarts of salted water. Add pasta, stirring constantly in the beginning to prevent it from sticking together. Cook until al dente, about 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large saute pan. When almost smoking, add shallots and garlic and saute until soft and translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes, being careful not to burn the garlic. Add the clams and wine. Cover and simmer for 6 to 8 minutes or until most clams have opened.

Add 2 tablespoons chopped parsley. Whisk in butter to thicken sauce slightly.

Drain pasta in a colander. Do not rinse pasta with water - this will remove the pasta's natural starches. Place pasta into the clam saute pan and mix thoroughly. Check seasoning.

Pour pasta into large serving bowl. Zest lemon over the dish, being carefull not to zest the white part of the lemon, which is bitter. Garnish with remaining parsley. Serve immediately.

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    Very tasty and easy to make! Added one can of chopped clams in clam juice and used one cup of wine instead--will definitely make it again!
    Just not that flavorful. I agree it was quick, but needed something more.
    Quick, easy & yummy! Yes, soak clams 1st to remove sand. Tastes like a fine restaurant meal!
    Was really tasty. Made it with homemade fresh pasta and also added Italian herbs instead of parsley. Delightfully full of flavor.
    Very good and quick to make. Had to substitute canned clams since I didn't have fresh clams. Followed everything else in the recipe. Will definitely try it again and maybe with some fresh clams and probably a Chardonnay instead of the basic white cooking wine I had to use.
    This recipe is so easy & it comes out perfect! I don't add any salt though bc the clams are a little salty already. And I had to turn the heat up to a medium high to get the clams to open. Yummy with parmesan cheese!
    Made this recipe for my father in law and my wife for father's day and her birthday, easy recipe everyone loved it. My father in law said he did not want "just" burgers after a meal like this. amazing recipe.
    Very tasty! I did everything as suggested but skipped the pasta. I ate it with a hunk of baguette instead and it really hit the spot. A must try but remember to soak your clams to remove the sand.
    OMG! This was so good! Surprisingly so, I have had linguine with clams numerous times but made this because I was looking for something quick for dinner. It was great! I actually didn't have wine and used more lemon juice as well as 1 pound clams 1 can whole clams-fast, easy, delicious--perfect
    This was so delicious and so easy to make! It's the perfect amount of sauce, and the clams shine in this yummy pasta dish! We will definitely be making this again and again...thanks Giada!
    Delicious! Giada's recipes are very well written. Make sure you soak your clams to get the sand out before you cook them (you can google tips on how to do this.
    WOW WOW WOW! This was so easy to make it is RIDICULOUS! My husband could not stop saying that this was incredible! He loved it, and so did I! I added a little bit of cayenne pepper at the end to give just the tiniest hint of heat. I also used a little bit Meyer Lemon Olive Oil instead of the Lemon Zest and that was an incredibly good call!! Served with a wedge of Parmesan to be grated on at the table and some freshly ground black pepper. Did I say WOW? Oh yeah, I upped the wine to almost 1 full cup and probably only used about 1/4 cup of olive oil at the beginning. I definitely think increasing the wine was a really good call.
    Reminds my wife and I of Cinque Terre. The best!
    I try Giada's recipes all the time, but this is only my second review. I just had to write a review for this dish because it is by far the best clam dish I've ever made! The butter, wine, shallots and garlic give such depth to the clams, and the sauce is simple, yet rich and fantastic! It is great to serve with bread to soak up the sauce. I used a little more wine and butter than called for to make sure I had enough sauce. This is something I will make again and again to impress guests and for a quick weeknight meal that comforts the soul.
    Top 5 recipe on this website! It is SO easy and it tasetes SO complicated. It is perfect, change nothing!!  
    Spend 2 bucks more on a real good spaghetti and make sure that it is slightly undercooked when you add it to the sauce/clam mixture so that it soaks up all the delicious flavors!  
    I made this with Anne Burrell's foccacia recipe, it makes a great combination :  
    Wow!! Giada, I have to say I thought with these simple ingredients it would be not this great, we really loved it, the combinations with the butter really made it taste like I was dining in a restaurant. Thank you
    My 90 year old Sicilian mother said this is how she remembered it from her so many of Giada's receipts. Carlo
    Love this recipe. Have made it a few times now. I love this dish with a little bit of heat so I add 10 cloves of garlic (using my favirote microplane zester) instead of 6, and also add a teaspoon of chilli pepper flakes along with the garlic. I also up the olive oil up to 3/4 a cup, as well as the wine, and add 2 more Tb butter at the end. I just love extra sauce so thats why I upped the quantities a little. Don't forget to add 1/2 teaspoon or so of salt at the end, as well as a lot of freshly ground pepper. This is a minimialist dish - so fresh ingredients as well as adjusting the seasonings to how YOUR family likes it, is key!
    This is a great, easy recipe to make and it is delicious. I sauteed the shallots and garlic and let them sit for awhile to really flavor the oil. When the family finally arrived, I just picked up from where I left off. Nothing was left but the THANK YOU.
    Such a delicious recipe and so easy to make. I used fresh littleneck clams from the farmer's market and Pinot Grigio wine which was wonderful in the recipe and to drink with the meal. We're real garlic lovers, so next time I will increase by a couple of cloves. As good as you can get in any restaurant!
    Very good. A little oily - will use 1/4 cup next time.  
    As good as you can get when you eat out!
    purchased clams same day but added a jar of clam juice for extra sauce
    we omitted the spaghetti and used a round hard bread with garlc baked into it from Trader Joes to soak up the sauce. We also added shrimp, mussels,scallops and red pepper flakes. It was very flavorful.
    We made this tonight with 5 pounds of little neck clams for my clam loving family and it was amazing! I added a few more shallots, 3 extra cloves of garlic and increased the wine (La Crema Chardonay) to 3/4 of a cup for extra sauce. I also added a pinch or two of red chili flakes for some heat and served it with Ina's G.'s garlic bread. Perfection for those who love garlic! Thanks "G"
    Very easy recipe to make AND absolutely the most wonderful flavors
    I made this for Sunday dinner for my family. My husband (who doesn't really like pasta much) said this is light and full of flavor. My son said it was better than going to Olive Garden.
    A real treat. I will definitely make this again.
    Pretty much can't mess this one up. Hard time findiing good clams.
    Would have given it five stars, but let the garlic brown a little too much- had that not happened, would have been sensational.
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