The Best Clam Sauce


This clam sauce is better than any you can find at a restaurant. My boyfriend begs me to make this. Thanks, Mom! Serve this dish with fresh garlic bread and a nice white wine. I promise this is a keeper, and you won't like any other white clam sauce.

close up view of pasta with clams, cheese and fresh herbs on a plate
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 (16 ounce) package dried linguine

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 4 (6.5 ounce) cans minced clams

  • ½ cup butter

  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine

  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook linguine at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain.

  2. Warm olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté onion and garlic in hot oil until onions are translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain cans of minced clams, reserving1/2 of the juice.

  3. Stir clams, reserved juice, butter, wine, salt, and pepper into onion mixture. Simmer until sauce has reduced by 1/3 and has thickened, about 20 minutes.

  4. Spoon clam sauce over linguine and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

906 Calories
39g Fat
74g Carbs
61g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 906
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 39g 50%
Saturated Fat 16g 82%
Cholesterol 185mg 62%
Sodium 594mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 74g 27%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 61g
Vitamin C 44mg 221%
Calcium 192mg 15%
Iron 55mg 304%
Potassium 1453mg 31%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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