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Linguine with Herbed Clam Sauce

This impressive pasta looks and tastes so much like fancy restaurant fare, you'll want to serve it to guests. But the recipe is so easy to prepare that you can enjoy it just about anytime. —Carolee Snyder, Hartford City, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 can (10 ounces) whole baby clams
  • 1 can (6-1/2 ounces) minced clams
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil or 4 teaspoons dried basil
  • Dash pepper
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • Hot cooked linguine
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese


  • Drain baby and minced clams, reserving juice; set clams and juice aside. In a large skillet, saute onion in oil and butter until tender. Add parsley and garlic; saute for 2 minutes.
  • Add drained clams; saute 2 minutes longer.
  • Combine cornstarch and clam juice until smooth; stir into skillet with wine or broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in the basil, pepper and cayenne. Serve sauce over linguine; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1-2/3 cups: 328 calories, 26g fat (9g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 521mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 10g protein.

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  • Diane
    Dec 19, 2020

    So disappointed with this recipe. Followed it exactly and tasteless! Will not make again. Added more Parmesan to boost flavour but to no avail.

  • Jill
    Apr 25, 2020

    This recipe is one I will definitely make again. I substituted flour for the corn starch and used dried parsley and it was still fabulous.

  • Butcher2boy
    Sep 30, 2019

    Quick and easy with the plus of being a delicious meal. I didn't use the cornstarch after reading the other posts. I also use zucchini noodles. This is a great recipe to have the ingredients in your pantry. Made this on a camping trip. Will make again.

  • Wendy
    Jun 2, 2019

    Tasty! Found recipe while shopping. Purchased ingredients returned home, quick and easy to make. Added fresh basil from my herb garden, drank, I mean used white wine :-). Enjoyed the fragrant meal.

  • annepaulette
    Apr 30, 2019

    overall tasty, however the sauce was too thick for famiy..Next time I'll reduce constarch by half.

  • rehcuob
    Apr 26, 2019

    I made this delicious recipe using frozen shelled mussels thawed (8 ozs) in place for whole baby clams and a second can of minced clams. I did double the ingredients for just the sauce because my husband usually likes extra sauce) (Olive oil, butter, cornstarch and wine) and omitted the basil (I didn't know if I would like it with basil). I will make it again soon. Super yummy!

  • lshaw
    Jan 26, 2019

    With the additions I made, it became a "5". The family raved about this one and I will repeat for sure. However, I had to add a good bit of salt and even some seafood seasoning (Paul Prudhomme's Seafood Magic) to get more "oomph" in the flavor. Without these, the sauce would have been too bland for our tastes. I also had to double the clams to get the right consistency and fill our tummies.

  • ReneeMurby
    Dec 28, 2018

    This was quick and easy to make. Tasty and served over whole grain linguine made it hearty and fulfilling as well. Great for any night of the week.

  • Tomcatlover
    Dec 24, 2018

    Really yummy

  • j22
    May 13, 2017

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