Pasta with Clams (Spaghetti Alle Vongole)

Spaghetti alle Vongole (Spaghetti with Clams) is simple and absolutely delicious. This is a very traditional dish of southern Italy. It is quick and easy to make and full of flavor. Spaghetti and clams are the two main ingredients, and you can add a variety of spices and other foods to make it your own.

Regions of Italy have crossovers in their cuisine and also many differences. Northern, central, and southern Italy have specialties unique to their own region, yet still share many Italian ingredients and traditions. Southern Italy is known for seafood and pasta which is served as part of every meal.  I love how hot red peppers are used, making most foods quite spicy!

Buon Appetito!

Pasta with Clams (Spaghetti Alle Vongole)

Pasta with Clams (Spaghetti Alle Vongole)

Siena Terenzio
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 336 kcal


  • 2 pounds clams (soaked in salted water for at least 2 hours, drained and rinsed)
  • 4 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 6 ounces pasta (Linguine, Spaghetti or Fetuccini)
  • 2 tbsp. fresh parsley chopped


  • Cover the clams with water and cook them in a pot on high heat. Add a small amount of white wine to the cooking clams. Stir the clams until they open, and discard clams that have not opened. Drain the clams.
  • Heat the olive oil on medium and sauté whole garlic cloves and red pepper flakes. Saute for 5 minutes. Add the wine and the clams once the garlic is golden. Saute for another minute.
  • Meanwhile, boil 3 quarts of water in a 5 quart pot. Add salt and pasta stirring occasionally. Turn off heat 2 minutes before tender. Drain, and save ½ cup of the cooked pasta water.
  • Add ¼ cup of pasta water to the saucepan with the clams and increase temperature to high. Add the pasta to the pan and stir for 3-4 minutes. Add parsley and stir. Add more pasta water if needed then leave over heat for 2-3 minutes to bring flavors together.
  • Transfer pasta to warm bowls and drizzle with remaining olive oil.


Calories: 336kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 11gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 217mgPotassium: 173mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 799IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 2mg
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About the Author: Siena Terenzio
Siena was born in Boston Massachusetts-however her world adventures began early on in life. At 2 months old Siena was brought to Siena, Italy, where she is named after, and was baptized there. Growing up she traveled with her family all over the world; from South America to China, Siena has experienced the traditions and cultures of communities world wide. Her passion is traveling and Europe is her specialty. Siena is an Italian citizen and therefore travels freely every summer throughout the E.U. She also lived in southern Spain for 4 months. Currently Siena is studying Public Health and Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with aspirations of becoming a professional in the public health field, keeping communities healthy on an international level. Siena enjoys food just as much as she enjoys traveling; due to this she absolutely loves cooking and trying new foods and recipes. Another one of her favorite hobbies is exercising, Siena takes great pleasure in working out; she was a gymnast for 7 years and simply couldn’t give it up, so now she coaches gymnastics to young children.
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