Spaghetti alle Vongole
(Linguine with Clams)

Expert Spaghetti Alle Vongole Linguine With Clams Recipe Pasta

A wonderful Italian recipe that is a Christmas Eve favorite in Naples.

“This Italian dish is part of a traditional Neapolitan cuisine. It is very popular throughout the Campania region and is also popular in Rome, and is certain to be popular with you.” 
–Manuel Marquez
Senior Executive Chef

How to Make Spaghetti alle Vongole (Linguine with Clams)

The Ingredients

  • 2 large garlic cloves peeled and minced
  • 2 Tbsp (30 g) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 30 littleneck or baby clams (about 2 lbs. or 1 kg), washed
  • 1/4 tsp (1 g) hot red pepper (chili) flakes, plus extra for serving
  • 2 Tbsp (30 g) minced Italian parsley
  • 1 lb (400 g) spaghetti or linguini

The Directions

  • If the clams haven't already been cleaned, you'll need to soak them in heavily salted water for a couple of hours to clean out the grit, then grain and rinse them well.
  • In a pan large enough to hold the clams, heat the olive oil and lightly sauté the garlic, red chili flakes, and about half the parsley until garlic begins to color - you can also add 6-8 quartered cherry tomatoes if you wish
  • Add the wine and bring to a boil
  • Add the clams, cover, and cook until they open; about 10 minutes
  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the linguini or spaghetti until al dente; drain and return to the pot
  • Add the clams and wine, drizzle on a bit of olive oil, and sprinkle in the parsley, tossing it all well
  • Serve right away


Variation for Spaghetti alle Vongole

Depending on which Neapolitan school of cooking you're trying to achieve, you can also add 6-8 quartered cherry tomatoes when you're sautéing the garlic, red chili flakes, and parsley.

Or, make it completely your own with:
Pesto, pumpkin seeds, manchego, basil, or whatever suits your fancy - this is one dish you can really customize!

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