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  • 2 1/2 doz littleneck clams
  • 3/4 lb. DeCecco spaghetti
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 TBLS butter
  • 1 TBLS olive oil
  • few dashes McCormick crushed red pepper
  • 1/3 C white wine
  • 1/2 bottle clam juice
  • zest of one lemon
  • fresh lemon juice
  • fresh chopped parsley
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If I have not made it clear by now, I love, love, love clams. This recipe for Spaghetti with Clams just may be my favorite dish of all time! So simple to prepare, yet very elegant. This recipe is quite similar to my Linguine with White Clam Sauce, but a bit easier to create. Can you spare fifteen minutes? That is all you need, plus a few simple ingredients to make dinner tonight.Of course, I created a short video on TikTok. Click here to view. If you have not yet signed up for this platform, use my code 5SSIS800K0H06 to join!

This recipe is also just one of many that I have added to my Feast of the Seven Fishes menu. Be sure to check it out. There are so many ideas for your Christmas Eve dinner.

Let’s talk pasta. My two favorite brands are DeCecco and Delallo. Honestly, they are no-fail every single time.

If you are local to Charlotte, get your littleneck, middleneck or cherrystone clams at The Carolina Meat & Fish Co. Also, click here to learn how to clean your clams prior to using them in your favorite recipe. In addition, I give you some ideas of what clams are best suited for various recipes. A definite must-read.

a long wooden bowl full of spaghetti with clams


Start boiling your water for the pasta. Cook to very al dente while you are preparing the clams. Do NOT forget to salt the water!!! Keep in mind, you will not be draining (and you should never rinse) your pasta. In a pan, I love using this pan from All-Clad, heat up the oil, butter, garlic and red pepper flakes. Do NOT brown. You are only infusing the oil for about a minute on medium heat.

Add the white wine, clam juice, and the clams. Bring to a heavy simmer and place lid. Allow clams to open fully. This should only take about five to six minutes when using littlenecks. If any of the clams fail to open, discard immediately. Add one-half of the lemon zest, lemon juice and chopped fresh parsley. Transfer the pasta directly from the water to the pan. Mix to coat the pasta with the sauce and clams. There should be enough pasta water transferred when including the pasta. If not, add a touch more.

Garnish the Spaghetti with Clams with a touch more freshly chopped parsley, lemon zest and a few extra crushed red pepper flakes. That is it. Dinner is done! Serve with a side salad and crusty bread for a complete meal. ENJOY!!!

As you may know by now, I have a love affair with clams. I could actually eat them at least five days a week. If you love clams as much as I do and are looking for new ways to enjoy them, check out these recipes:


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Our life has changed dramatically in the past few years with the passing of our two goldendoodles, Vegas and Viva. We were lucky enough to have Vegas for five years (totally wish it was longer). Most recently, losing our Viva to a brain tumor in July of 2020. We welcomed our mini goldendoodle 7, almost seven years ago. We just added the amazing Hazel! Of course, I am always posting tons and tons of photos! Be sure to check out my recipe for Pet Bone Broth! This broth is super rich in nutrients and will provide your pet with a multitude of health benefits!

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