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By: Enrique Gili on Feb. 17, 2011, 8:28 a.m.
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Clams in White Wine Sauce

A basic pasta and clams dish makes an elegant meal for the cooking challenged.

Clams in White Wine Sauce


  • 1 1/2 pounds littleneck clams, cleaned wild caught
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped fine
  • 4 ounces dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • Half plum tomato (garnish optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 16 ounces cooked spaghetti

Time estimates

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes


  1. Discard any clams with cracked or open shells. Rinse in cold water to remove grit.
  2. Drizzle olive oil in saucepan. Over medium heat sauté the onions until soft, about five minutes. Add garlic. After about one minute add parsley, Italian seasoning and pepper flakes. Stir until aromatic, about two minutes.
  3. Add the clams and white wine. When the clams open, remove from heat and cover.
  4. Plate dish by placing cooked spaghetti in the center edged with clams. Drizzle clam broth and yummy bits over the top. Garnish with tomato. Serve immediately.

Serves 2.

Note: Do not toss excess liquid; it makes an excellent broth for soups.