Linguine with Clam Sauce

In the spring, we met some friends on Bainbridge Island, WA for a week of vacation.  We all love to cook and Mr. T wanted to recreate a clam dish that Mr. G had made on a fishing trip a few years back.  That sounded good to the two, we labored and prepared the appetizers.  We did need something to munch on while we lounged about waiting for dinner!

Ever since the fishing trip I had heard about the wonderful clams that Mr. G had made.  I was eager to sample them and wasn't disappointed!

Linguine with Clam Sauce

8 ounces uncooked linguine
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup chopped onions
1 can (14 1/2 oz) stewed Italian-style tomatoes, drained and chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp dried basil leaves (we made a chiffonade of fresh basil)
1/2 cup dry white wine or chicken broth (we used wine, of course)
1 can (10 oz) whole baby clams, drained, juice reserved (we used fresh clams)
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black  pepper

Cook linguine according to package directions.  Rinse, drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium heat until hot.   Add onions, cook and stir 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, garlic and basil, cook and stir 3 minutes  Stir in wine and reserved clam  juice; bring to a boil and simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes.

Stir in clams, parsley, salt and pepper.  Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until heated through.  Spoon over linguine.  Serve immediately.


It was a week of good friends, great conversation, delicious food and lots of wonderful wine!

I am participating  in Full Plate Thursday hosted by Miz Helen's Country Cottage and Foodie Friday hosted by Michael at Rattlebridge Farm.


  1. What a beautiful and colorful bowl of linguine with clam sauce. Maybe the prettiest I've ever seen. Bravo to the chefs.

  2. What fun to cook and be with good friends. Who needs to go out for dinner when you can prepare a meal as beautiful and delicious as that??!!

  3. They do sound well worth a try!! I saw some local clams, at least from British Columbia, just the other day.

  4. Hi Kate,
    What a beautiful place to create such a tasty dish. Your Linguine with Clam Sauce looks amazing! Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. I order linguini with clams frequently when we dine at a good Italian restaurant but have never made it myself. With the fresh clams I have access to and your recipe, there's no reason not to give it a try.

  6. You've been having fun times..I find vongole pasta so beautiful..You made it proud:)

  7. wow that setting is so beautiful! breath taking! and that linguine looks delicious too!

  8. We make fettucine with clams on a regular basis, and this sounds wonderful! I will try this! Our friends are going to Bainbridge Island next year. Life is good!

  9. How I would have loved to eat this at your table. Looks absolutely delicious.

  10. This looks so good I can practically smell and taste it..yumm! the scenery at Bainbridge island looks spectacular!

  11. After that first shot, I almost stopped reading, but glad I didn't. The appetizer plate looks so appealing I almosrt stopped again. I love linguini in clam sauce and the fresh clams make for a really nice presentation - that guy can cook.

  12. Oh, Yum! This not only sounds great but also looks amazing!
    Gorgeous place too!

  13. Wow, does that look delicious! Linguini in clam sauce is one of my favorite pasta dishes and I know I can get fresh clams at the local market. This is on our weekend menu. Thanks, Kate.

  14. Kate, I've never been the biggest fan of clams but your pictures are making me change my mind very rapidly! This looks wonderful!

  15. What a wonderful trip this must have been! That linguine looks so delicious. I love clams, but have never really done much cooking with fresh clams. Thanks for the recipe and added notes. I think I'll try this.

  16. This looks delicious. We took the ferry to Bainbridge Island on Thursday evening after visiting King Tut. That is such a beautiful island. Love the sights around there. I hope you got to explore a bit in Poulsbo and Fort Gamble.


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