Spicy Linguine With Clams


An easy, delicious weeknight meal that looks and tastes like a gourmet meal.

Spicy linguine with clams served in a white dish
A thinly sliced chili pepper provides the heat in this quick, light seafood dinner. . Photo: Con Poulos
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 serves

We can't get enough of this silky and flavor-packed white wine sauce. Aromatic garlic and olive oil play with chili peppers as they blanket al dente pasta and brings out the briny goodness of clams in this spicy linguine recipe. This one will easily earn a spot in your dinnertime rotation and be a go-to dinner party main dish!


  • ¾ pound linguine

  • cup olive oil

  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • 1 chili pepper (such as serrano or jalapeño), thinly sliced

  • ¾ cup dry white wine

  • 20 littleneck clams, scrubbed

  • kosher salt and black pepper

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water; drain the pasta and return it to the pot.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and chili and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the wine and cook for 1 minute.

  3. Add the clams, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon black pepper and cook, covered, until the clams open, 6 to 8 minutes. (Discard any clams that remain closed.)

  4. Add the clam mixture, ½ cup of the reserved cooking water, and ¼ teaspoon salt to the pasta and cook over medium heat, tossing gently, until the sauce is heated through, 1 to 2 minutes (add more cooking water as needed to loosen the sauce).

  5. Serve sprinkled with the parsley.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

551 Calories
20g Fat
69g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 551
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 409mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 69g 25%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 19g
Calcium 64mg 5%
Iron 6mg 33%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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