Clams and Sausage in Spicy Marinara with Crostini


Classico® Tomato & Basil sauce and hot Italian sausage paired with succulent little neck clams in this spicy sauce served with garlic crostini!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
4 servings


  • 48 littleneck clams, scrubbed and rinsed

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • ¼ cup Vidalia onion, diced

  • ¾ pound bulk hot Italian sausage

  • 8 large cloves garlic, minced, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed

  • 1 cup dry white wine

  • 1 (24 ounce) jar Classico® Tomato and Basil Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 2 tablespoons shaved Parmesan cheese


  • 1 French baguette, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds

  • 1 pinch Cracked black pepper

  • 1 pinch Coarse sea salt


  1. Rinse clams in a strainer to remove any sand.

  2. Heat the olive oil in a large pot (5-quart) over medium to low heat. Add the diced onions, stirring often, until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.

  3. Add the sausage and garlic, red pepper flakes, and fennel. Cook until sausage is no longer pink, about 2 minutes. Drain oil.

  4. Increase the heat to medium high. Pour in the wine and bring to a boil until it has reduced to about 3 tablespoons, approximately 5 minutes.

  5. Stir in the Classico® Tomato & Basil sauce and bring to a quick boil. Add the clams, cover, and cook until clam shells open, 8 to 10 minutes. Check often to avoid overcooking.

  6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  7. Mix together remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 cloves minced garlic, salt, and cracked pepper. Brush mixture on both sides of the baguette slices. Arrange slices on a baking sheet.

  8. Bake until its golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes.

  9. Ladle the clams and sauce into bowls; top with fresh parsley and shaved parmesan cheese. Serve with the crostini.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1027 Calories
47g Fat
77g Carbs
62g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 1027
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 47g 60%
Saturated Fat 13g 63%
Cholesterol 158mg 53%
Sodium 1874mg 81%
Total Carbohydrate 77g 28%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 62g
Vitamin C 39mg 193%
Calcium 242mg 19%
Iron 44mg 243%
Potassium 1306mg 28%

* 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.