In this classic pasta dish, linguine is tossed with clams, garlic, white wine, and lemon, for a light and delicious dinner!

Linguine Alle Vongole - In White Low Bowl with Fork

Making this dish reminds me so fondly of the time I spent as a teenager working my summers at an Italian restaurant in my hometown. It’s funny to think back on it because at the time, all I wanted was a job. Any job. A minimum wage job was fine by me.

I thought, you’ll pay me $8/hour to plonk different kinds of lettuce and salad toppings down onto a plate? YEAH, I’ll do that. 

But pretty soon I became very curious about the different ingredients the chefs played with.

As I worked at the restaurant, I was treated with little tastes of various dishes and my favorite ended up being the linguine alle vongole, a pasta dish made with clams and lots of garlic.

Simple as it may sound, this dish is incredibly flavorful and pungent.

Littleneck Clams in Fine Mesh Strainer

Basically, you cook fresh clams in heaps of minced garlic, white wine, clam juice, and lemon, add your cooked noodles to that pan, and throw in a bunch of parsley.

Fresh Flat Leaf Italian Parsley on Cutting Board

Then, you toss and eat =)

Linguine Noodles in Pot with Parsley and Clams

Make sure you follow my post on How to Clean Clams before you cook them. Enjoy!

Linguine Vongole - In White Bowl with Garlic and Clams

Linguine alle Vongole

In this classic pasta dish, linguine is tossed with clams, garlic, white wine, and lemon, for a light and delicious dinner!

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  • 1 lb linguine
  • 2 dozen littleneck clams
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup clam juice
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • salt and pepper


  • Follow my instructions for How to Clean Clams in order to get the inner sand and gunk out before cooking.
  • Get a skillet that has a lid, and place the olive oil, butter, garlic, and red pepper flakes in the pan. Heat over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add the white wine, clam juice, and lemon juice and raise the heat to medium high. Add the scrubbed clams and cover the pan. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the clams open (if the clams don’t open, you can cook them for another couple minutes, but if they don’t open at all, throw them out, since this means they were dead before cooking). Remove the clams with a slotted spoon, and bump the heat up to high. Reduce the cooking liquid for a few minutes, until you have about 3 tbsp of liquid there.
  • Cook the linguine to al dente in a big pot of salted boiling water, then use tongs to add the noodles directly to the clam sauce pan (the starchy water that comes with the noodles helps create a sauce). Toss to coat, add the clams back in, and throw in the parsley. Season with pepper. Devour and enjoy!


Note: You want to time this dish so that the pasta just finishes cooking to al dente right when the clams and sauce are ready.


Calories: 404kcal, Carbohydrates: 61g, Protein: 19g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 22mg, Sodium: 419mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2g

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.