Linguini With Red Clam Sauce (Linguini Con Le Vongole Al Sugo)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

This recipe is adapted from a Neopolitan version of "Linguini and Clams in Red Sauce". I prefer the clams to be served in their shells over the pasta, never removed or chopped

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. A Neopolitan custom is to let the clams soak in very cold water with a tsp of salt and the juice of one lemon for about 1/2 hour.
  2. This will remove any sand or grit in the clams.
  3. This step is optional, but I do suggest that you at least scrub the outer shells of the littlenecks quite well with a vegetable brush.
  4. Bring a large stockpot of water to a boil for the linguini.
  5. In another pan, heat olive oil over medium high heat.
  6. Add shallots and crushed red pepper and sauté until shallots are softened.
  7. Add chopped garlic and anchovies, and saute until anchovies begin to melt into the olive oil, careful not to let garlic get too dark.
  8. Carefully add chopped tomatoes with their liquid.
  9. Stir to combine, and add dried basil and oregano.
  10. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer sauce until ready to cook clams and linguini.
  11. Add little neck clams to the simmering tomato sauce, stir to coat well, and cover.
  12. While clams begin to steam in sauce, generously salt the boiling pasta water, add linguini, and cook until al dente, (about 7 minutes).
  13. As clams begin to open, I remove them to a large bowl and cover, until pasta and remaining clams are cooked.
  14. Drain pasta, and transfer to a serving bowl.
  15. Top with tomato sauce and toss with chopped fresh basil.
  16. Finally, add cooked clams over top the pasta, still in their shells.
Most Helpful

Excellent, classic dish. Fresh flavors, although I did have to use canned clams. It was a working lunch for co workers, so I needed something really quick. I did add a little white wine and my local grocer had fresh linguine which was great. It is such an easy quick dish. Thx for such a classic recipe Kim

SarasotaCook March 03, 2010

Fabulous! I used frozen baby clams on the half shell. So I had it easy! I added a cup of white wine along with the tomatoes. I waited to add the clams till the pasta was done being they just needed to be heated. I served a loaf of crisp french bread to dip into the juices. So yummy!

Rita~ April 27, 2004