Linguini with Clam Sauce

Nothing beats fresh clam sauce, unless you're hungry and have only your pantry to work with. This version of a favorite is made entirely[ out of the kitchen cupboard, with the exception of flat leaf parsley, which I most always have on hand.]

Total Time:
20 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 pound linguini
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, 4 turns of the pan
  • 6 fillets flat anchovies, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine, 2 turns of pan
  • 1 (15-ounce) can whole baby clams, with their juice
  • Handful flat-leaf parsley, chopped
Directions

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt and the linguini and cook to an extra chewy al dente, 7 minutes or so. The linguini will continue to cook in sauce, later.

To a large skillet heated over medium heat, add oil, anchovies, garlic, thyme and red pepper flakes. Cook together until anchovies melt into oil and break up completely. Add wine to the pan and give the pan a shake. Add clams and their juice. Drain pasta and add it to the clam sauce. Toss and coat the pasta in sauce with clams until the pasta absorbs the flavor and juices, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and season with salt, add parsley and serve.


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I've always loved the classic linguine with clam sauce and this was just fine except i did not like the addition of the red pepper flakes. I think the hot spice mellowed the clam flavor too much. Otherwise it was great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I doubled this recipe and added grilled shrimp and bay scallops. Deliciousness!! So easy and healthy with whole grain pasta. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was wonderful! I didn't have anchovies, otherwise followed the recipe. I used the whole teaspoon of red pepper flakes and it was perfect, but we like a bit of heat. This is destined to be a new favorite go to for busy nights! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for 20pp for our italian night potluck. I used parsley instead of thyme. Extra red pepper and wine. It was fabulous. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this tonight...divine! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great weekday meal. I used half the pasta (i.e. double the sauce I added a small jar of artichoke hearts I used 1/2-1/3 tsp of pepper flakes as others advised (and it was plenty hot item not reviewed by moderator and published
The anchovies are what make this so tasty. I left out the wine because it tasted so good without it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was in such a hurry to make dinner that I didn't look at the reviews. Wish I had. I agree--skip the red pepper flakes-I used only 1/2 tsp as well and oh boy! Call the fire dept. This doesn't need heat. I like heat but it didn't belong here. I needed milk with my dinner. Milk w/ pasta--what am I, 5? I'll try again. Why does Rachel put red pepper flakes in so many recipes? I drizzled some cream in to help turn it down which helped a little. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I only used a half-teaspoon of red pepper flakes and it just masked the flavor for me and made it inedible to my wife due to the heat. Also, there's not enough sauce. If I try this one again I will leave out the red pepper flakes and use half the pasta so that it will be juicy enough for two people to enjoy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dish is not only easy to make, its fast and delicious!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was one of those nights, what can I make from ingredients I have on hand. I happened to have a can of whole clams in my cabinet and decided to do something with them. I came across Rachel's recipe and it was the perfect dish to make. It was not only easy but my husband loved it. I followed the recipe exactly but used about 1/2 teaspoon of the red pepper flakes and it gave the perfect amount of heat for us. Great, fast recipe and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was in a rush tonight and quickly looked this up on the internet. So easy!!!!! My husband loved it. I did add about 3-4 Tbs. of butter and one turn of half and half. Used two small cans of clam juice. Also dried thyne and dried parsley, since I rarely have fresh herbs. I added broccoli florets right after I added clams for a one-pot meals. Sprinkled fresh parm on top. No leftovers for our family of 4. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Well, I know this isn't traditional but I always add a little sour cream or creme fresh, or cream to make the sauce a bit creamy and then let each person add a bit of parm to the top. I also add basil. I am making this dish tonight and will definitely try the anchovies and the thymne. We love clam linguine and it ia a go to dish when we are in a hurry. We usually just serve a green veggie on the side. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved how easy and fast it was to make this all time favorite dish! I too used Trader Joe's Two Buck Chuck Chardonnay and tossed it with Mizithra. In my variation of the recipe I used half the olive oil and added that same amount of butter. Then added a handful or two of chopped kale to the melted butter, olive oil & garlic and then added a tablespoon of water to create,steam, covered it for a few minutes until the kale was bright green. Then added the clams, pasta, etc.. The kale added a sweet brussel sprout flavor to the dish... Thanks Rachel for another great quick & easy recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
excellent easy version of this meal. I used anchovy paste as I didn't have anchovies and the dish turned out wonderful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delish! I added shallots and omitted the wine. Very easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to make, the anchoves added nice flavor to this dish item not reviewed by moderator and published
Remember, this is Rachel's recipe, and its fine to follow, for 1st time. I used the full pound of Linguini I used 4-cans of minced clams, using the juice. I also added a bottle of clam juice. I use as much garlic as I like, but taste as I go. I used about 12-cloves, lol. I also added white wine, 1-1/2-2-cups. I like onion, so I chopped one medium, and added to sauce, with 1/2-cup Ex. Virgin Olive oil. I prefer my sauce a little thicker, so I added flour, about 1/2-cup to start. Then I add more as needed. As with all my cooking, to taste, I added the anchovies. Paste is fine, just don't over do. Don't be afraid to use what you like, its your meal, your taste. I get creative, but keep it simple. Put out the Parmesan for those who wish to add it themselves. I am Italian, I like good tasting food and wine. Keep a chilled bottle of White Zinfandel on hand. Its inexpensive and a great wine. Yes, I know its a poor man's drink, but I am an Italian peasant, lol! Bona Appetit. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the easiest and best tasting recipe ever!!! thanks rachel ray!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The best. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used whole grain pasta, and didn't have any white wine on hand, so I used a splash of rice vinegar, it turned out quite tasty, will make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was an easy, fast and budget friendly dish. I got the $2.99 wine from Trader Joe's. I was skeptical at first, but I like the anchovies, as it gave it a little depth. The red pepper flakes also gave it a little kick. item not reviewed by moderator and published
wow.. this was very delicious..i left out the anchovies..i was hesitant about the red pepper flakes but in the end i was very happy i added them. This dish was so easy i was afraid i was doing something wrong..but i didn:t..It was a hit item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first time making anything with clams and boy was I nervous about trying this recipe. But let me tell ya, it was deliscious! I've been dying to make it again! It had such great flavor without being too fishy. Definitely try this one! You won't be disappointed! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe has become a regular at my house. It is one of my 6 year old's favorite meals and flavorful enough that my husband and I enjoy it too. I didn't think I liked anchovies before this meal, but they really add a yummy saltiness to this dish. Fantastic recipe whose components can always be kept in the pantry for a quick meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was very good - we left out the anchovies and halved the recipe. Could have added some cheese and it definitely needed more sauce - maybe a clam broth? Added some parsley, and two cans of chopped clams instead of whole., but altogether very delicious! we love spicy things, so we kept the red pepper the same and actually added some Sriracha sauce too! Cheers! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love how easy this recipe is! Great for when you don't feel like slaving over the stove for hours. Be careful not to let the pasta sit in the sauce for too long, I made that mistake and the dish came out a little "starchy" and sticky. I agree with the person who said that a little butter and lemon juice would give the sauce extra flavor. I would also only use 1/4 tsp of thyme and 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes the next time. All in all, it was delicious and I will definitely make it again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Left out the pepper flake-- AMAZING!! yummy yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
That was the verdict from my guests. Would have been fine without it. I also would back off on the thyme. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thyme was too strong. Not enough "broth" for me. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm a college student and am starting to try to cook and collect recipes. This recipe was the first I have cooked,and it was so simple and really delicious! I just made the whole recipe and had the rest as leftovers! VERY TASTY! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Recipe was simple but the thyme and red pepper flakes overtook the taste of the dish. I like spicy foods but it was too much. Next time I will cut the thyme down to 1/2tsp and the red pepper flakes from 1/2tsp(what I used) to 1/4tsp. item not reviewed by moderator and published
When I watched this episode, after making the foundation of the sauce Rachael said she often stops before she adds the clams and just tosses the pasta with the sauce base. She said it was like getting two recipes in one. So I tried it - putting together the recipe, but stopping short of the clams, and it was delicious. This was a while back. I will be making the full recipe with the clams tonight! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love Rachael so this was a huge surprise. The final dish was very boring. Not bad just ehh. I don't know if it is because I used minced clams instead of whole or if there is a specific brand of anchovies one should select. I used a good wine and it still came out blah. Move on if you are looking for a great dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy but tasteless. I would not make this again. It is missing something. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this dish last night for my parents and they loved it! A perfect V-day treat! It was a bit spicy, and I'll probably cut down on the red pep flakes next time. I did add some diced red/green bell pepper for color, and use fresh homemade fettuccine- you can't top that. It was so simple... and so YUM-O! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was a simple quick recipe that is absolutely delicious. Even my husband the Italian loved it. Wonderful!!!!!!!!! Ann - Colorado Springs, CO item not reviewed by moderator and published
this was really good but it lacked a certain oomph. the red pepper added some kick but it needed something extra. i added 2T of butter to thicken the sauce a bit and lemon juice to each serving. that was what was missing. i highly recommend adding lemon juice or lemon zest. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was really good!! It had great flavor. The sauce thickened up overnight and it was even better the next day. I used one can minced clams and one whole clams. I also added some fresh clams. Great pasta! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family and I are very proud of our Italian heritage, and every Christmas Eve we try to incorporate seven (or usually more) fish into our meal. This one was great for dinner that night and even better the next morning. I can't believe that it was made in less than thirty minutes, but there you go. It's a showstopper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this. My husband just cooked it for my birthday meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We tweeked this and added mussels instead of clams and we did not add anchiovies. It was very good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Linguini in clam sauce is my favourite. I used beer instead of wine, added a good teaspoon of pesto and 1/2 as much fresh clams in addition to the canned. Garlic crostini on the side. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great meal for last minute dinner. I added more garlic and red pepper flakes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe that is incredibly easy to make great using the little packets of baby clams as well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this recipe. I will totally make it again, it was a little spicy which was a nice surprise and the saltiness of the fishies really accented everything else nicely. Even though Rachel Ray is a bit nauseating I would definitely recommend her recipes! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Classic RR...easy as 1,2,3. I used anchovy paste and that worked okay instead of anchovy filets. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good for a minimal amount of effort item not reviewed by moderator and published
the flavor was trully unique. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my favorite meal to order when I was a kid out at a italian joint and RR's version is perfect! LOVES IT! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was so easy to make and absoltely delicious. It's got the right amount of clam, spice and pasta. The next day, it was even better because the sauce soaked into the pasta and it tasted just delicious all over again! Rachael certainly knows what she's doing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy, tasty, and inexpensive! I've used the garlic/chili/anchovies combo as the base for many of the pasta dishes and it just adds a lot of oomph to a dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is fabulous when you are in a hurry, but want to keep it healthy. Way to go Rachael. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dish was great, but needed more sauce. It was too dry. Also, I would have liked more of a fish flavor, so next time I will try it with clam broth. It needed more clams too~! I loved that the ingredients are all in my pantry. Go easy (about half of the recommended amount) on the red pepper...Rachel likes it very hot! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is an excellent week day recipe. It is a quick and delicious meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband and I loved this recipe! I did make two changes though. I am not a fan of baby clams, so I used 4 cans of chopped clams (with liquid). It made a lot off sauce which was quickly absorbed by the angel hair pasta (second change). It was amazing. It had so much flavor and I was shocked that I couldn't detect the anchovies. Yum! Will make this again and again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful taste and very easy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Linguini was good and easy to make. Tastes even better the next day. The only complaint was that the anchovy filets were a bit hard to find in my neighborhood stores. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husbands favorite meal is linguini with clam sauce. I was a little aprehensive about making this dish but it turned out great. The only thing I will do different next time is add a little more sauce. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I don?t know if there is a difference in anchovies as I have never bought them before but I thought I would try this recipe as Rachel said it was so easy and so good. The overall flavor was not bad but what was disgusting was all the hair like bones from the anchovies. Thankfully this recipe was cheap so I didn?t mind throwing it away as much. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was really excited to make this recipe, and it ended up being very bland and blah. I found the canned clams to be completely flavorless. Although the recipe was very easy and quick to throw together, I doubt I'll be making it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fast and delicious. Even a good base to add other shellfish for a seafood linguine! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is great - so easy to make and delicious; full of flavor - the anchovies add just the perfect flavor and not fishy at all. My husband and I make it all the time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this recipe is wonderful. I have prepared it many times. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband loved this recipe, but the baby clams were a little bit to much for me. item not reviewed by moderator and published
You couldn't improve this recipie if you try! Yum! My 6 year old loved this! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm Italian and this was the best tasting and easiest dish I've made in years. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Rachel made my favorite quick dish even better. Great for guests or just a great comfort food! item not reviewed by moderator and published
loved it!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am a fledgling cook with not much skill. But, I have a great deal of fun with it, and I love to eat(Obviously, don't we all?). This recipe is very good, and the crushed pepper gives it a great little kick. It's not only easy to make, but it also impresses whoever you make it for. Take care! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to make and very tasty!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
fast easy yummy item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hit with everyone in my house, which is usually hard to do. And a plus it is so easy to make. This is going to be a keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
In the time it takes to make the pasta, you have a sauce that is rich and flavorful. Almost everything is always on hand. Good for last minute dinner invites. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely Delicious item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this dish last night for my boyfriend and father. These two are hard to please and they loved this recipe! :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe calls for anchovies, so I thought I would give it a shot. Boy was it tasty. I didnt use any wine, but clam juice & chicken broth, I would recommend doubling the broth so to dilute the seafood taste a bit. Salty & scrumptous. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made other linguini and clam sauce recipes which I prefer over this one. I really don't think I would make again... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Flexible, kids eat, fast. I had the parsley, but, could make without in a pinch. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My fiance REALLY likes this recipe, but I prefer fresh clams in my linguini with clam sauce. He doesn't like the shells, so he really likes this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was real hesitant to try this recipie, knowing my distaste for anchovies, but Rachel was right on the mark when she said that after the anchovies melt, it is a totally different flavor. This was easy to make, and full of wonderful flavor! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm not a fan of clams, but made the dish for my husband who loves them. He raved about the dish and I loved it as well. I didn't have any anchovies, so I letft them out and it still tasted great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I will definitely make this again soon. I ended up using 5oz more of baby clams but it didn't taste very seafood/salty. So it was still very good. Otherwise, followed the recipe to the letter and it was excellent. Reheated the leftovers in the microwave and it was still good. As many stated, I didn't even see any anchovies and my family didn't even know they were in the dish until I told them later. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I liked this dish, but I'd cut back on the anchovies. I normally love anchovies, but I thought they overpowered this dish. Still, quite good and very easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I like easy and quick recipes and this fits the bill. It's a nice change from traditional pasta dishes and it's convenient since it uses canned clams. With a salad, this makes a filling meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought that the anchovies were going to be over powering, not to mention disgusting, but they were not. I truely enjoyed this dish. I served it to several of my friends and they were amazed as well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The best linguini I've had outside of a restaurant making it with fresh clams. I read a couple of comments that sauce was too dry, perhaps they reduced the sauce too much before adding the pasta. This recipe will go into my "make it again and often" file. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am obssessed with this recipe. I make it 1-2 times a week, on nights when I get home late, am pressed for time, but want *real* food for dinner. It's utterly, ridiculously fabulous for a meal that takes 20 minutes to make and comes straigt out of the pantry. item not reviewed by moderator and published
No matter how many times I tried to make linguini with clams I would mess it up UNTIL NOW! What a wonderful recipe. It is super easy. The anchovies are the key, that something in the background of flavors that makes all the difference in the world. Thanks Rachael item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe and really easy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have prepared linguinni and clam sauce hundreds of times with my own recipe.The adition of the anchovies in this one puts it over the top item not reviewed by moderator and published
very very good item not reviewed by moderator and published
I served this for my family and both children and adults devoured it. There were no leftovers! I added even more garlic (7 cloves), but forgot the juice from the clams. It still was a winner! Served it with crusty bread and baked garlic cloves. Yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this was a good recipe for clams and pasta. i followed the directions and it turned out great. i added more clams though, but other than that it was good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy, had everything in my pantry, and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am not a fan of clams but wanted to give it a try. I really liked the sauce though. It was really easy to make and quite fast to make too. Will definitely do it again, especially since I always have the ingredients on hand. Now I have a jar of the clams waiting for me in the pantry. In case I don't feel like grocery shopping, this is one dish I know I can whip up without any problems! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very simple, takes longer to boil the pasta water than to make the sauce! I don't let people know how easy it is, they think I am a great cook! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The flavors were just right..was not too dry..stays good on reheating too item not reviewed by moderator and published
My first time making this recipe... I found it easy and relatively quick... even my husband tried it and he does not care for clams!... Will make it again...... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I can actually get the kids to eat seafood if I make this one. Its great, easy to prepare and quick to clean up with only one pan plus a pasta pot. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think for creaminess, parmesan mixed into this is perfect, instead of milk/cream. IMO item not reviewed by moderator and published

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