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Linguine with Clams in Creamy White Wine Sauce

Homemade linguine and clams with creamy white wine sauce and garlic toast

YAAASSSSSS! Linguine and clams. What more can I say? If you love seafood and you love pasta, then this perfect combination is a marriage made in pasta heaven. The seafood flavour is so subtle that even those who aren’t fans of seafood would love this – like Kevin. He really likes raw seafood  (sushi, sashimi, and the like) but for some reason he doesn’t like cooked seafood. Weird right? I’ve also added an abundance of clams and shrimp to this dish. I’ve had this a couple of time at restaurants where the clams (the main star!) were definitely lacking, so I decided to jam pack it with seafood yumminess. The more, the better. Amiright?

Ever since I had my first pasta making session a year or so ago at my friend’s house I’ve we’ve been dying to redeem myself ourselves of my our pasta making misfortunes. My god, I have never had such bad pasta in my life. This was pretty much my first time making pasta and teaching it to two of my friends. Obviously I was totally an expert. Duh! All we had was a rolling pin and brute strength to roll out the pasta dough. For the love of god that dough did not want to roll out! After we had given up on rolling, we decided to cut our losses and just cook it. I have never seen such stiff pasta. Luckily we had some dry pasta because those pasta brick were inedible! The dinner wasn’t a total bust though, we ended up with a nice hearty bolognese and mussels marinière. Excuse the Instagram pictures:


After buying a pasta machine for Kev’s Christmas gift, I developed a new appreciation for fresh pasta. I’m pretty sure I use it wayyyy more than Kev does. Maybe I was secretly buying it for myself?!  S’all good, everyone gets fed and everyone is happy. After making a few dozen pasta doughs, I was pretty confident that I could teach my friends how to make some damn goooood pasta with clams. Well because, we’ve all been dying to make pasta with clams!

See look! My friend is a pro! (Sadly I was blinking in this picture. )


I even got them doing the loop method! How fun! Naturals I tell ya.


You really don’t need to be an expert to make this. If I can make it while being tipsy off sangria, I’m pretty certain anyone can make this!

Linguine and Clams

Homemade linguine and clams with creamy white wine sauce and garlic toast
5 from 3 votes

Linguine with Clams in Creamy White Wine Sauce

Seriously delicious and simply amazing! Fresh linguine with clams in a creamy white wine sauce. Accompany this dish with wine and buttery garlic toast and you are set!
Course Seafood pasta
Cuisine Italian
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 40 minutes
Total 50 minutes
Yields 4 servings
Author Emi


  • oil
  • 7 cloves large garlic minced (divided into portions of 3 cloves and 4 cloves)
  • 3 ½ pounds Manila clams scrubbed and purged
  • 1 cup white wine
  • ½ cup water
  • 1-2 tablespoon butter
  • pinch red chili flakes or as much as you like
  • ½ medium onion minced
  • ½ pound 70/100 shrimp peeled and deveined, chopped (optional)
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup Parmesan grated
  • 2 sprigs thyme fresh
  • ¼ cup parsley fresh, finely chopped
  • 1 pound linguine fresh

To Serve

  • Parmesan grated
  • red chili flakes
  • black pepper fresh cracked
  • fresh parsley finely chopped


  1. Coat a large sauté pan with oil and heat to medium-high. Add 3 cloves of minced garlic and cook until golden (be careful not to burn the garlic). Add about two thirds of the clams to the pan along with wine and water. Cover and steam for about 5 minutes until the clams open. Carefully remove the clams and place in a large bowl to cool. (Discard any clams that have not open.) While the clams cool, reduce the wine sauce. When reduced, reserve the wine sauce for later use. When the clams are cooled, remove the meat from the shells and discard the shells.

  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.
  3. Using the same pan, add butter, chili flakes, 4 cloves of minced garlic, and onions. Sauté for about 5 minutes until the onion is softened. Add the chopped shrimp, cream, reserved clams, and reduced wine sauce (make sure to not add the grit at the bottom). Stir and add the remaining clams, cover and steam for about five minutes or until the clams open. (Discard any clams that have not open.)

  4. Drop the fresh linguine into the boiling water and cook for a few minutes until al dente. (If using dry pasta, boil for the recommended time on the package).
  5. While the linguine cooks, add in Parmesan, thyme leaves, and parsley.
  6. Add the cooked linguine into the pan and toss to coat. Divide the pasta among four bowls, top each with equal amounts of clam (in shells). Top each bowl with grated Parmesan, red chili flakes, fresh cracked pepper, and parsley.
  7. Enjoy!


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  • Reply
    September 16, 2016 at 9:37 am

    5 stars
    People need to know. This recipe is AMAZING! I found it on Pinterest and made it tonight. I made a few tweaks and was very pleased with the result. I infused the olive oil for the sauce with shrimp shells and an additional clove of garlic to booze the seafood flavor. I also cooked the shrimp (whole) separately from the clams so I could monitor them from overcooking. Loved the dish and will definitely be trying more of your recipes!

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    November 24, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    This recipe calls for 7 large cloves of garlic? I think you’ve doubled up.

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      November 24, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      You can never have too much garlic , but if you want you can reduce the amount used to your liking.

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        April 11, 2018 at 1:28 pm

        If I don’t use shrimp, do I need to add more clams? I assume not since it says that they are optional.

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          April 11, 2018 at 4:20 pm

          Hi Codybeth,

          You don’t have to add more clams to the recipe if you don’t use the shrimp. The recipe calls for half a pound of 70/100 shrimp so that’s about 40 small shrimp that won’t be in the final dish. If you would like to up the protein like I do, you can definitely add extra clams, or perhaps some other seafood medley such as squid, scallops, or mussels! Hope this helps. 🙂

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    March 7, 2019 at 7:55 am

    What type of white wine do you suggest?

    • Reply
      March 8, 2019 at 11:55 am

      Hi Marie,
      I would suggest anything that isn’t too sweet. I typically use Pinot Grigio because that’s usually what I have stocked.

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    August 21, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    5 stars
    I would love the pasta recipe please!

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    June 7, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    5 stars
    Loved this recipe! Tweaked a few things to my liking and it still came out perfect. Thank you so much!

  • Reply
    christina porter
    January 7, 2021 at 4:54 pm

    5 stars
    Got so many raving compliments from my family on this recipe!

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    Justine Barry
    October 16, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    5 stars
    Best dish every time!!!! Thank you

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    Laura Gillespie
    January 8, 2022 at 10:33 am

    5 stars
    My go-to recipe for pasta with clams! Perfection!

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