Linguine with Fresh Clam Sauce

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July 27, 2016

Linguine with Fresh Clam SauceYou have never had linguine with clam sauce until you have made it right from the sea. Wow, it is easy and fabulous! My son lives on the beach and went digging for quahogs. Quahogs are the very large clams. They are great for making clam sauce. Is your mouth watering yet?


Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 6-8

Source: My own family recipe


  • 2 doz large Quahogs, from the beach or from your local fish market
  • (make sure all quahogs are sealed shut) if open, not any good!
  • 1 stick stick butter
  • 2 Tbsp red onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp fresh garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp basil, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan, shredded cheese
Linguine with Fresh Clam Sauce - washing clams in a pot of water.


  1. Use a large skillet with a cover, add butter, onion, garlic & basil. Saute for a minute or two..
  2. Linguine with Fresh Clam Sauce - Peeling Garlic and chopping basil.
    Linguine with Fresh Clam Sauce - Butter, garlic, onion, basil in a skillet.
  3. Add the white wine, water and black pepper... but no salt. Bring this to a rapid boil.
  4. Linguine with Fresh Clam Sauce - Add water, white wine, simmer.

  5. Arrange Quahogs around the skillet, large ones on the bottom, smaller on top. When all arranged, put the lid on and let boil. Checking every few minutes, as soon as you see all the shells open up. Remove the lid, turn off the heat.
  6. Linguine with Fresh Clam Sauce - Add clams to sauce.
    Linguine with Fresh Clam Sauce - Removing a clam from skillet.
  7. Using tongs, remove each clam carefully letting the water dump out of each one into the pan. Place them in a bowl to cool. Make sure each clam opened. If there are clams that did not open, throw them away! *Important*
  8. One at a time, hold the shell in one hand and a sharp knife in the other, and use the tip of the knife to slip into the open shell and slide that clam right out onto the cutting board. Chop it up into small tender pieces. Continue doing this until all clams are chopped. Any puddles of juices, just dump them right back into your pan.
  9. Linguine with Fresh Clam Sauce - Removing clam from shell.
    Linguine with Fresh Clam Sauce - chop clams
    Linguine with Fresh Clam Sauce - bowl of chopped clams

  10. Meanwhile, You will need to strain the clam broth using another pan, (A large saucepan) a strainer with a piece of cheesecloth or paper towel. Just to catch any sand that might be in the bottom of the broth. Do this right in the sink. Then just spoon back into the broth some of the onions and garlic.
  11. Linguine with Fresh Clam Sauce - Strain sauce
  12. Now add your chopped clams to the broth in the saucepan, bring it to a boil.
  13. Cook your linguine or I used angel hair pasta. Put your pasta out onto a platter, ladle out from the bottom of your sauce with lots of clams and garlic over the pasta. Add a good amount of shredded Parmesan cheese, garnish with some basil leaves and a bright fresh tomato slice. And you have the best fresh Linguine & Clam Sauce ever!
  14. Linguine with Fresh Clam Sauce - linguine on plate with parm on top.

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