Spaghetti with Clam Sauce


This pasta dish is always a best-seller at Italian restaurants, but very few people try to make it at home. The sauce only takes about 10 minutes to put together. By then your pasta will be cooked and you'll be ready to enjoy this classic dish.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
6 servings


  • 1 pound spaghetti

  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream

  • 2 cups jarred baby clams with juice

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 ½ anchovy fillets

  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 1 egg yolk

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • salt to taste

  • ¼ cup crushed croutons, or to taste

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, or to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain.

  2. Combine cream, clams with juice, garlic, and anchovies in a large pot over medium heat; bring to a simmer and remove from heat. Add red pepper flakes and stir.

  3. Beat egg yolk in a small bowl. Add one spoonful hot cream mixture to egg and stir. Repeat twice. Pour egg yolk mixture into cream mixture and stir.

  4. Add cooked spaghetti to the cream mixture; stir to coat the pasta, cover the pot, and let sit until flavors combine and pasta soaks up some of the sauce, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top and season with salt. Ladle pasta into bowls; top with croutons and basil.

Cook's Note:

You can substitute linguine or fettuccine for the spaghetti.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

667 Calories
34g Fat
63g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 667
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 43%
Saturated Fat 20g 98%
Cholesterol 182mg 61%
Sodium 193mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 63g 23%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 13mg 66%
Calcium 165mg 13%
Iron 18mg 98%
Potassium 591mg 13%

* 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.