Recipe courtesy of Esca

Linguine alle Vongole

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

6 ounces thinly sliced pancetta, cut into thin strips

1 garlic clove, thinly sliced

2 pounds cherrystone clams, scrubbed

1 cup chicken broth, homemade or low-sodium canned

1/3 cup dry white wine

4 small dried hot chiles (1-inch) or 1 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes

14 ounces dried thin linguine

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves


  1. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a deep 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then saute pancetta, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 6 minutes. Add garlic and saute, stirring, until golden, about 30 seconds.
  2. Stir in clams, broth, wine, and chiles and boil, covered until clams open, about 4 to 5 minutes (discard any clams that do not open after 6 minutes). If using whole chiles, remove with a slotted spoon and discard.
  3. While clams are cooking, cook pasta in a 6-quart pot of well-salted boiling water until al dente. Drain in a colander, then add to clams and simmer, stirring, 30 seconds.
  4. Toss pasta with parsley and drizzle with remaining 5 tablespoons oil.
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