Red Clam Sauce Over Linguine

Saturday, March 13, 2010
This is a classic recipe and Naples version for clams in red sauce.

What makes this dish so popular with the Neapolitans is the sweetness of the clams and the fact that Naples is home to those fabulous plum tomatoes called San Marzano which is all I use for this dish when fresh isn't available.

Use littleneck clams and use the best tomatoes available.

Of course if you're a white clam sauce lover, do hop over to our delicious White Clam Sauce recipe on this blog site.

Scroll down to our printable recipe card for instructions.

red clam sauce with linguine

A Classic Red Clam Sauce Dish

What make the best classic sauce for this dish, the tomatoes honestly!

This can be an anytime of the weeknight clam pasta meal because it comes together easily even when using all fresh ingredients.

Canned or fresh whole clams, are a must for a blend of perfect flavors.

Opt for whole canned clams, since they’re more tender and delicate than the chopped or minced varieties.

The key to achieving the most seafood flavor is finishing the pasta with the freshest tasting whole clams in the tomato sauce using the best San Marzano tomatoes or fresh rosa plum.

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Ingredients You Will Need scroll to the recipe card for exact measurements

  • whole fresh clams
  • tomatoes fresh
  • tomato paste
  • canned San Marzano tomatoes
  • garlic
  • olive oil
  • red wine
  • fresh parsley and basil
  • red pepper flakes

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Easiest Clam Recipes

Red Clam Sauce makes an authentic Italian pasta dish that’s an easy, yet special main course our family loves especially on Christmas Eve during part of our 7 Fish meal.

With fresh clams and just a few simple ingredients, you have a spicy hot meal in just 35 minutes.

If you love clams you may also like to try our White or Red Clam Chowder Style Soups!

Red Clam Sauce Over Linguine

Red Clam Sauce Over Linguine

Yield: 6
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 1 H & 30 MTotal time: 1 H & 40 M


  • 1/4 cup. olive oil
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes or more to taste for heat
  • 5 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2- (12 oz.) cans San Marzano whole tomatoes, squeezed or two pounds of fresh plum tomatoes put through the food processor when in season
  • 1 can seasoned tomato paste
  • 24 fresh littleneck clams and 2 cans whole clams drained
  • salt & black pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh basil, chopped
  • optional: 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup of dry red wine (Merlot, Cabernet or Pinot Noir)
  • Favorite pasta cooked to package instructions and drained


  1. Put olive oil, red pepper, garlic in a medium-size pot,
  2. Saute the garlic do not brown. Cool.
  3. Add all tomatoes and paste, clams and water.
  4. Add salt, pepper, parsley, and basil.
  5. Simmer approximately 1 1/2 - 2 hours on low heat.
  6. Add fresh clams and red wine for the last 10 to 15 minutes until clams open.
  7. Serve over drained cooked linguine and fresh cracked black pepper and grated cheese, for hotter add more red pepper flakes.
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  1. i agree,the red sauce is my favourite!your dish is very good!have a good week ,claudia!

  2. This is one of my favorites dish. I love pasta with clam and red sauce. Lovely ^_^ Have a nice day dear, bye :X

  3. Oh Claudia, another yummy dish for the day! The red sauce is my kids favourite and of coz I love it too. Thanks again for another delicious recipe. Have a great day!

  4. Delicious!!! Just my kind of meal!! Yum!

  5. I'll take em both, as long as they come with clams, lotsa CLAMS!!! Love your red sauce recipe, it must have tasted divine!

  6. I LOVE that you put those fresh clams on there, that's the touch that makes all the difference. I like red & white - can't I just come over for dinner 2 nights in a row? ; )

  7. I like both red and white! This one looks wonderful and can't wait to see the white sauce recipe!

  8. Okay, now I know what I "want" for dinner today!

  9. Clams and pasta always make for a decadent combination and your red sauce looks like a delicious pairing. What a perfect meal.

  10. Love the red sauce. This is such a lovely dish. Thanks for sharing.

  11. This looks wonderful. I found your blog by chance and stayed much longer than I planned. I really like what you are doing here. I'll be back often.

  12. a great dish, wow, wish I could dig in right now - we must be thinking alike, I have a claim dish coming up on Wednesday...

  13. I love the red myself - but I, too hve known to make both. I like the combo of the canned clams in the sauce mixed with the fresh ones. I only do the littleneck clams and the sauce is ... well.. never clammy enough (sorry).

  14. Do you ever sleep?? Another fabulous display Claudia. I'm having pasta withdraws not that my dh is dieting. I like them both, even split! Red with whole clams and linguine; white with shelled and angel hair.


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