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Linguine with Clams

Linguine with Clams is easy to make with canned clams and has the most flavorful white wine reduction sauce with garlic, butter, simple seasonings, and a gourmet flair!

Linguine with Clams in a white bowl with pancetta, parsley, and lemon wedges.

Linguine with Clams

There is no simpler way to switch up your dinnertime routine than with this Linguine with Clams recipe, (made super easy with canned clams)!

Pancetta infuses the skillet with savory flavor that is then deglazed with white wine and reduced down to enhance the other flavors in the dish, which include butter, shallots, garlic, clam juice, and simple seasonings. It’s finished off with a little Parmesan cheese, clams, lemon juice, and perfectly cooked linguine. 

I can’t wait for you to try this! (Be sure to check out my pro tips below!)

How to Make It

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

Brown the pancetta and set aside. Deglaze the skillet with white wine. Add the shallots and reduce the wine by half.

A skillet with pancetta next to a skillet with white wine and shallots.

Add the clam juice, garlic, butter, and seasonings and stir to combine. Simmer on low while you boil linguine for 1 minute less than al dente. Stir the Parmesan cheese into the sauce. Add the clams and the cooked pancetta.

Making a white wine clam sauce with butter, garlic, shallots, and clams.

Add the linguine and lemon juice. Toss to combine. Add pasta water as needed and simmer for 1 minute. Taste and season with lemon pepper seasoning (or salt and freshly cracked pepper), if desired. Garnish with parsley and serve with lemon wedges.

Adding linguine to a skillet with clam sauce.

Pro Tips

  • Pancetta: This is a great way to add “fond” to the skillet which is deglazed with white wine for superior flavor. It also adds savory flavor and a pop of color. Proscuitto, bacon, or even ham make good substitutes.
  • White Wine: Pinot Giorgio, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay are the best wines to use for this recipe. Chicken broth may be used if you don’t cook with wine.
  • Clams: I use Bar Harbor Chopped Clams for this recipe. Be sure to add them right at the end, cooking them too long can make them too chewy/rubbery
  • Using Fresh Clams: 1 heaping cup of chopped fresh clams can be used in this recipe along with 1 cup of clam juice. Make sure the clams are cleaned and steamed prior to chopping. 
  • Butter: High-quality salted butter is highly recommended for this recipe. I like Cabot or Land O’ Lakes.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Grate the cheese from a block as it will melt and taste much better than packaged grated cheese. I use Belgioioso Parmesan cheese.
  • Lemon Pepper Seasoning: I like to season this with high-quality lemon pepper seasoning at the end. (Enter promo code Cozy at checkout for a discount!) If I’m out of the good stuff, I use salt and freshly cracked pepper.
  • Spinach or diced tomatoes make a nice addition to this meal and can be added when the clams are added at the end.

Storage

  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

A white bowl filled with Linguine with Clams with lemon wedges and parsley.

Tools For This Recipe

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  • 3-Quart Stainless Steel Sauté Pan This is the skillet pictured in the process shots of this recipe.
  • Cheese Grater– Always shred your cheese from a block for soups and sauces, it melts and tastes much better than packaged shredded cheese.
  • Pasta Strainer– I have this one and love it.
  • Measuring Spoons I have these magnetic ones which stay nice and organized in my utensil drawer.
  • Pinch Bowls For measuring out seasonings ahead of time.

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Linguine with Clams in a white wine sauce in a white bowl with lemon wedges.

Linguine with Clams

5 from 7 ratings
Linguine with clams is easy to make with canned clams in a white wine reduction sauce with butter, garlic, and simple seasonings.

Ingredients

  • 3 (6.5 oz.) cans chopped clams, juices reserved
  • ½ lb. Linguine
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 oz. Pancetta, see notes
  • 1 cup dry white wine, see notes
  • 1 medium shallot, finely diced
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • ½ cup Pasta Water

Seasonings

  • ¾ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon basil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch Pinch red pepper flakes

For Serving

  • High-quality Lemon Pepper Seasoning, see notes
  • Freshly chopped parsley
  • Lemon slices

Instructions

  • Separate the clams from the clam juice. Reserve 1 cup clam juice for this recipe and set aside. Measure out remaining ingredients before beginning. Place a measuring cup in the colander you’ll use to drain the pasta, this will remind you to save some of the pasta water when that step arrives.
  • Start boiling water for linguine. Salt the water liberally once a boil is reached.
  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pancetta and sauté until browned and crisp, 3-4 minutes. Transfer the pancetta and any drippings from the skillet to a plate.
  • Turn the heat off. Add the white wine and set the heat to medium. Use a silicone spatula to "clean" the bottom and sides of the skillet. Add the shallots. Let the wine bubble and reduce by half, 6-7 minutes.
  • Add the clam juice, garlic, butter, and seasonings and stir to combine. Simmer over low heat while you boil the linguine.
  • Cook the pasta 1 minute less than al dente. (Set a timer to ensure you don’t overcook it.) Drain once cooked and reserve ½ cup pasta water.
  • Gradually sprinkle the Parmesan cheese into the sauce, stir it continuously as you add it. (Be sure to add it gradually so that it has a chance to melt as it’s added.) Add the cooked pancetta and any juices from the plate. Add the clams and stir to combine.
  • Add the drained linguine and the lemon juice. Use kitchen tongs to toss and combine. Simmer for 1 minute. If desired, add a little pasta water. (This adds a creamy finish and helps the pasta cling onto the sauce.) Note: the sauce is meant to be thin. The pasta will continue to absorb the sauce as it sits.
  • Taste and season with freshly cracked lemon pepper seasoning (or salt and freshly cracked pepper) if desired. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve with lemon wedges!

Notes

Pro Tips:
  • Pancetta: This is a great way to add “fond” to the skillet which is deglazed with white wine for superior flavor. It also adds savory flavor and a pop of color. Proscuitto, bacon, or even ham make good substitutes.
  • White Wine: Pinot Giorgio, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay are the best wines to use for this recipe. Chicken broth may be used if you don't cook with wine.
  • Clams: I use Bar Harbor Chopped Clams for this recipe. Be sure to add them right at the end, cooking them too long can make them too chewy/rubbery
  • Using Fresh Clams: 1 heaping cup of chopped fresh clams can be used in this recipe along with 1 cup of clam juice. Make sure the clams are cleaned and steamed prior to chopping. 
  • Butter: High-quality salted butter is highly recommended for this recipe. I like Cabot or Land O' Lakes.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Grate the cheese from a block as it will melt and taste much better than packaged grated cheese. I use Belgioioso Parmesan cheese.
  • Lemon Pepper Seasoning: I like to season this with high-quality lemon pepper seasoning at the end. (Enter promo code Cozy at checkout for a discount!) If I'm out of the good stuff, I use salt and freshly cracked pepper.
  • Spinach or diced tomatoes make a nice addition to this meal and can be added when the clams are added at the end.

Storage:
  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

The nutritional information provided is an estimate and is per serving. There are 4 servings in this recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 623kcal, Carbohydrates: 49g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 38g, Saturated Fat: 18g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 13g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 83mg, Sodium: 954mg, Potassium: 284mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 731IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 204mg, Iron: 1mg
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15 comments on “Linguine with Clams”

  1. This is the one recipe that brought me back to my childhood. So flavorful and easy to follow directions. Wouldn’t change a thing.

  2. I made this recipe tonight and it was the best clam sauce I ever had. Definitely going in the recipe book! Thank you for sharing it!!♥️

  3. This was amazing!! A new favorite of mine and my husband’s! I could only find prosciutto at my local grocery store so I used that in place of the pancetta and it was super tasty! Thanks so much for this delicious recipe, you have so many good ones!

  4. As a former New Englander, this recipe reminded me of my childhood. I decided to make it even though I suspected my daughter might not love it as she is not fond of seafood. I wish I could have used fresh clams but I was in a hurry so I picked up a few cans of clams at the store along with some Pinot Giorgio, and Prosciutto. I really believe the Prosciutto (or similar) put this recipe over the top. It made the soup savory and so, so tasty! I was also surprised to turn around and see that my daughter cleaned her whole plate! It is just a very tasty, well seasoned recipe. My wife and I are always fans of your recipes.

    • Such great comments from a former New Englander Tim, that makes me so happy. I agree, the Prosciutto brings this one to a whole new level. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review!💖

  5. I gave your cook book to myself for Christmas. What a wonderful and tasty gift. I love and use your recipe’s all the time. They are simple to create and the family loves them.

  6. Forgot to do the star rating – 5 stars for sure!!
    -Brittany L.

  7. Wow, just WOW!! Made this tonight just as directed but added a can of diced tomatoes with the clam juice. My family of 5 ate every last bite! So flavorful and delicious, restaurant quality! Will be making it again soon 🙌🤩

    • Hey Brittany!! I am soooooo happy that you loved this recipe! I LOVE that you added diced tomatoes, I have often contemplated the same thing, sometime I even want to try it with some Rotel for a little kick! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review, I really appreciate it and am so glad that you liked it!!! -Stephanie

  8. This recipe was brilliant. It worked out perfectly. I’m craving it again!! The CozyCook has the perfect recipes for food that are great for a family. And! I must state- simple enough for a guy like me to try. And believe me, I can’t make a sandwich without an issue. The food is comforting, solid (not a scallop with a reduction sauce on it with 2 pieces of lettuce). Try her stuff. You won’t be let down. 

    • Thank you soooooooo much Sean!!! This really means a lot, you made my day. I am SO happy that you loved this recipe and my other recipes. You are more talented in the kitchen than you think! Thank you again!!! -Stephanie

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