Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe contains cheese and some of those who are lactose intolerant may be able to tolerate it.

This is NOT a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Use gluten-free pasta in this dish.


"Uh-uh. Too much linguine. I'll find another way." -De Georgio (character by Harry Julian Fink, Screenwriter)

The refrigerator light goes on...

Linguine with Clam Sauce is an all time favorite dish. It takes an extra step to steam and shuck the clams as well as straining the clam broth but it is so worth it.

There are dozens of varieties of white clam sauce (and dozens more red variations). This is a basic recipe, with shallots and celery, but you can use white onion or green onions along with red, green or yellow peppers. The celery offers a bit of crunch and can be used with the peppers or not.

Pair this with a Mushroom Salad and you have a nearly perfect meal.


Linguine with Clam Sauce

Servings: 2 | Serving size: 2 ounces pasta with sauce

Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

This recipe can easily be multiplied and leftovers are fair if the pasta and clams are not overcooked. Serve with a side salad.

Linguine with Clam Sauce


  • 1 cup water
  • 48 littleneck clams
  • 1 slice bacon
  • 3 quarts water
  • 4 ounces whole wheat or gluten-free linguine
  • 1 large shallot (minced)
  • 1 rib celery (finely diced)
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp fresh oregano leaves
  • 2 ounces semi-soft goat cheese

Place 1 cup water in a large skillet over high heat. When simmering add the clams and cover.

Cook until all the clams open - about 4 minutes. (Any clam that fails to open is dead and should be discarded. But try tapping on the shell first.)

Remove the clams, reserving the broth, and then shuck the clams from the shells. Strain the broth through a fine mesh sieve to remove any grit.

Rinse out the skillet and place the strip of bacon in the skillet over medium high heat. Cook for about 10 minutes. When the bacon is cooked, remove it to a cutting board and dice. Leave the bacon fat in the pan.

Place the remaining water in a medium stock pot over high heat. When the water boils, add the linguine.

Place the skillet with the bacon fat over medium heat and add the shallot, celery and diced bacon. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add the wine and the strained clam broth to the pan. Season with the pepper and add the oregano.

Cook over medium high heat until the liquid is reduced by about 2/3.

Add the clams and goat cheese. Remove from the heat and stir until the cheese is melted.

Add the drained linguine, toss well to coat and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 2 ounces pasta with sauce

Servings: 2

Amount Per Serving

Calories 456 Calories from Fat 145
% Daily Value
Total Fat 16g 25%
    Saturated Fat 8g 32%
    Monounsaturated Fat 5g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 51mg 16%
Sodium 466mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 52g 18%
    Dietary Fiber 5g 4%
    Sugars 1g
Protein 24g
Vitamin A 21% Vitamin C 18%
Calcium 15% Iron 63%
Vitamin K 10mcg Potassium 550 mg
Magnesium 108 mg