Quick and Easy Clam Sauce For Pasta

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

In as long as it takes to cook the pasta, dinner is ready. This is a good recipe to have on hand for emergencies. Cook time does not reflect the time it takes to cook the pasta.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Saute onion and garlic in butter.
  2. Blend in flour.
  3. Drain clams and reserve juices. Add minced clams and milk to the onion and garlic.
  4. Simmer 10 minutes, season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. If you desire a thicker sauce, make a slurry of cornstarch and milk.
  6. Add a little at a time to the sauce, stirring, until the desired thickness. Use the reserved clam juices to thin the sauce if need be.
  7. Meanwhile, cook pasta al dente in boiling salted water.
  8. Serve sauce over pasta.
  9. Top with parsley.
  10. Pass grated Parmesan.
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I like this! For such a simple recipe, it has a lot of flavor. I did add all of the clam liquid and more flour to thicken it. The Parmesan cheese brings all the flavors together for a delicious pasta sauce. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us.

mianbao April 11, 2006