A plate full of Spaghetti with Red Clam Sauce with the clams still in their shells.
5 from 4 votes

Spaghetti With Red Clam Sauce

Indulge in this simple seafood pasta dish with rich, bold flavors that you can create in minutes.   An authentic Italian pasta dish perfect for a relaxed dinner with friends or family.

Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Keyword italian, pasta, seafood
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 595 kcal


  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic (large cloves) chopped
  • 1.5 pounds of littleneck clams soaked & scrubbed
  • 1 cup of dry white wine
  • 1 14oz can chopped tomatoes in juice half drained
  • 1⁄4 cup of clam juice
  • 1⁄4 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil, then add pasta and cook until just undercooked  (about a 1 minute short of al dente).

  2. Meanwhile, in large sauté pan over medium-high heat, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil until hot but not smoking. Add garlic and sauté until just golden (about 30 seconds).  Add wine, tomatoes, clam juice, and all but a tablespoon of the parsley.  Bring to a boil.

  3. Add clams, lower the heat and simmer uncovered, just until clams open, 7 to 8 minutes.

  4. Reserve 1⁄2 cup cooking water, then drain the pasta and add to the pan. Simmer, tossing occasionally, until the pasta is just tender (about a minute). If the pasta starts getting a bit dry, add some of the reserved cooking water.

  5. Remove from heat and taste for seasoning.  Season to taste.  Add the remaining parsley, and drizzle with remaining olive oil, tossing to coat. Transfer to a serving dish and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
Spaghetti With Red Clam Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 595 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 203mg9%
Potassium 349mg10%
Carbohydrates 89g30%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 410IU8%
Vitamin C 6.4mg8%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.