A very quick, simple clam sauce to serve with any light pasta. I always serve it with farfalle. This has been one of my family's favorite pasta recipes for years, and I always serve it with buttery garlic bread.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and drained clams; cook and stir for about 5 minutes. Season with oregano, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Pour in the reserved clam juice. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and serve over pasta. Garnish with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

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Nutrition Facts

232 calories; protein 29.1g; carbohydrates 7.7g; fat 8.8g; cholesterol 74.8mg; sodium 194.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (10)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/02/2006
Wow! What a nice change from those sauces loaded with butter and cream. This was great with a salad and garlic bread. Be sure you let the sauce reduce at a slow boil to let the flavors mingle. I will make this again and again. Thank you for sharing! Read More
(13)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/28/2005
This was awful! The dried oregano overpowered the other ingredients. The only way I could salvage this was to add melted butter and lemon juice. Only then was it passable. Perhaps fresh oregano would have been better. Read More
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12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/02/2006
Wow! What a nice change from those sauces loaded with butter and cream. This was great with a salad and garlic bread. Be sure you let the sauce reduce at a slow boil to let the flavors mingle. I will make this again and again. Thank you for sharing! Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
08/28/2005
This sauce was great/I added some basil but I dont think it needed it. You didnt say when to add the garlic so I added it with the clams and sauteed them together. I used orecchiette pasta/ Read More
(13)
Rating: 4 stars
09/05/2008
i added white wine lemon and mushrooms very tasty Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/23/2005
Easy fast and most of all good. You need to go for it and add about a half of stick of butter. Read More
(7)
Rating: 2 stars
09/28/2005
This was awful! The dried oregano overpowered the other ingredients. The only way I could salvage this was to add melted butter and lemon juice. Only then was it passable. Perhaps fresh oregano would have been better. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2010
This recipe was AWESOME but I made one mistake...I only had 2 cans of clams instead of 3 so the spices were a bit overwhelming at first. Fortunately I had some marscapone left over from another recipe and added that. Turned out absolutely delicious! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/14/2016
I cut the portions back to three servings and used 1/2 tsp dried oregano as I garnished the finished dish with fresh. Lots of flavour going on in this dish and I loved the kick form the red pepper flakes however after simmering it for 20 minutes there was very little liquid left. If I were to make this again I would simmer it for no longer than 10 minutes or add a half bottle of clam juice. Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/14/2013
Awesome and super easy! I also added a little lemon for some acidity. Will now become a regular on the dinner table. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/28/2018
This can be really good with a few changes. I love hot and spicy food but cut the red pepper flakes in half because the full Tsp overwhelms the dish use one heaping TB parsley not three add a chopped onion and some fresh or canned mushrooms. It needs butter 3 TB a little white wine if you like that flavor and reduce 30 mins. Sprinkle a little grated Parmesan over before serving. Read More
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