Clam Pasta (Pasta Alle Vongole)

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I’m a sucker for a classic romance. I don’t read a whole lot of current “chic lit” unless it comes highly recommended by a friend. Yet certain novels that were required reading in my high school literature class, have a permanent position on my nightstand.

I equally enjoy sitting down with couple-friends and hearing, or rehearing, the story of how they met. Some people were obviously just meant to be together.

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You can try to take all the mush out of it if you want, telling yourself it’s just happenstance. But I’m a big believer in destiny. It seems to me, that just believing your life has a purpose, can often bring about good things.

I firmly believe my husband and I were destined to be together. Of course, we could have married other people, but I’m fairly sure the world would be teetering off it’s axis if that had happened.

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Lt. Dan is the one person that I’m fully willing to put up with… Til death do us part. Better yet, who is willing to put up with ME!

He makes me laugh when I’m sad, and listens to my rants, even when I’m dead wrong. Then only attempts to correct me when he knows I’m ready to hear it. He is my best friend.

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As with people, sometimes things were just meant to be: robe and slippers, popcorn and movies, campfires and marshmallows, eggs and bacon, peanut butter and jelly, the list goes on and on.

Classic combinations are comforting. A perfect pair creates a certain feeling of warmth and momentary bliss that leads to the making of memories. Our memories give the duo longevity, and in some cases, birth a legend.

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Clam Pasta is a classic combo that has withheld the test of time. Pappardelle Alle Vongole is a legendary marriage of pasta and clams bathed in a light silky cream sauce.

Clam Pasta is a rich, full-bodied dish with bright citrusy undertones. The noodles soak up the essence of the garlic, wine and delicate clam juices to create a true Italian masterpiece!

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Clam Pasta is traditionally made with spaghetti, but you can use any sort of long pasta you like.

Our Clam Pasta is quick enough for a mid-week family meal, and dressy enough for a dinner party. Get ready to experience love at first bite!

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5 from 4 votes

Clam Pasta

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Easy Italian Clam Pasta Recipe, known as Pasta Alle Vongole, is a fabulous dinner option for any night of the week! Luxurious and cozy.
Servings: 4
Nutrition Facts
Clam Pasta
Amount Per Serving (2 cups)
Calories 724 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 332mg 14%
Potassium 369mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 91g 30%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 4g
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C 3.5%
Calcium 14%
Iron 14.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 16 ounces dried long pasta (1 package)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped pancetta
  • 2 shallots, sliced thin
  • 4-5 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 pounds fresh littleneck clams, well cleaned
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Garnish: chopped parsley


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high. When hot, add the pancetta and shallots. Saute for 1-2 minutes, then add the garlic and rosemary. Saute another 1-2 minutes.
  2. Add the clams, wine, red pepper, and lemon zest to the skillet. Salt and pepper; then cover. Drop the pasta in the boiling water.
  3. Cook the clams for 7-8 minutes, until they are mostly open. Cook the pasta for 6-8 minutes until “al dente.”
  4. Add the cream to the clam sauce and stir. Then strain the pasta and add it straight to the clam sauce. (Make sure to reserve a little pasta water.) Stir the pasta and cook another 1-2 minutes. Add the Parmesan cheese and toss. If the sauce is thicker than desired add a little pasta water. Throw out any clams that didn’t open.

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33 comments on “Clam Pasta (Pasta Alle Vongole)

  1. Roniposted March 17, 2019 at 2:30 pm Reply

    Been planning to make this for a while and finally did. Hubs and I just DEVOURED it ALL! This perfectly balanced sauce (creamy, garlicky, spicy, zingy) delights, though I replaced the rosemary with some Italian parsley I had on hand. Definitely a winner!

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  3. Evaposted August 16, 2017 at 4:59 am Reply

    On holiday chez mes parents in La douce France there is the perfect source for the most beautiful fresh and delicious ingrediënts for a reasonable price.
    Pasta alla vongole was my fav. dinner during our holidays in Italy 2 yrs ago. Last night was the first time I tried to make it myself! :) It was a big hit! :)
    With your recipe and a twist of my own I surprised my parents with a meal they liked so much that the pan was clean after we finished!!!
    Thanksss!!!!! It was perfect!

    ((Only comment I have is that the site is a bit hard to handle from a mobile phone, skipping and jumping to places I didnt point at..))

  4. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted December 30, 2016 at 12:44 pm Reply

    What a tasty looking pasta!

  5. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinchposted December 30, 2016 at 12:26 pm Reply

    This dish looks absolutely phenomenal, Sommer! I’m craving this so much now! xo

  6. Heather Christoposted December 30, 2016 at 11:33 am Reply

    Wow this looks so good! My tummy is growling!

  7. Jessicaposted August 4, 2015 at 7:51 pm Reply

    Hi! I was scouring the web looking for something to make tonight and I came across this. 
    Just wanted to say…WOW! It was amazing. I ended up using canned clams because it was all I had, and I added peas. 
    My 13 month old was trying to smash all of it in his mouth at once he loved it so much. Will definitely make this one again–I bet using the fresh clams would be even better. Thank you for sharing.

  8. wannafoodieposted May 28, 2010 at 2:33 am Reply

    Like so many others, I can't help but say how beautiful your photos are! I can't wait to give this a shot.

  9. Magdalenaposted May 27, 2010 at 3:20 pm Reply

    I can say only one thing: yummm….I love vongole and all those shells. Especially with good pasta!

  10. Saraposted May 27, 2010 at 2:29 am Reply

    amazing dish. My favorite pasta for sure, but the shallots and clams are a total bonus. I need a big bowl of this as well as a nice slice of the cake below.

  11. denise @ quickies on the dinner tableposted May 26, 2010 at 3:12 am Reply

    That sizzling hot mess in the pan is enough to make me break out in a cold sweat!

    Your pics are always stunning and your stories worth the time it takes to read them! The recipes are great and that's pretty much a given :) Pasta and clams WERE made for each other. Congratulations on netting a great guy!

    Another great post – thanks!

  12. Rubyposted May 25, 2010 at 6:38 pm Reply

    Gorgeous – well done!

  13. FOODalogueposted May 25, 2010 at 8:09 pm Reply

    Congrats on your Top 9 status today which brought me to your website for the first time. Great photos/writing will bring me back. You've got a new reader!

  14. Linn @ Swedish Home Cookingposted May 25, 2010 at 7:47 pm Reply

    I love the close up picture of the pasta and the mussel. It really caught my eye!

  15. Jackieposted May 25, 2010 at 7:19 pm Reply

    Wow, I am so hungry right now. This is beautiful. Also, I love pappardelle too so I totally get pairing it with clams! I'm so buying some clams next time I go past the fishmonger's…

    Jax x

  16. Alejandraposted May 25, 2010 at 6:47 pm Reply

    I loved this blog post! Linquine and clams are just such a perfect combination (that first picture is out of this world!)

  17. Victoria K.posted May 25, 2010 at 5:37 pm Reply

    This looks delish and your photographs are beautiful!

  18. [email protected]posted May 25, 2010 at 12:20 pm Reply

    I agree… totally meant to be! I love, love, love that first photo. And I love, love, love classic romance. I still have required reading ovels on my nightstand too – they are comforting. Just like pasta and clams.

  19. sweetlifeposted May 25, 2010 at 4:41 am Reply

    lovely post, love the first shot and the clams oh my they look stunning


  20. Kathy Goriposted May 24, 2010 at 11:09 pm Reply

    what great snaps and wonderful story. Those clams look absolutely luscious and the pasta to die for.

  21. Devakiposted May 24, 2010 at 9:49 pm Reply

    Dear Sommer – What a great title and opening pic! It told the story right at the onset.

    Love the food couples :)

    You have made this beautiful classic and plated it for us in such a stunning and creative way. Just lovely ;)

    Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  22. Maryposted May 24, 2010 at 8:59 pm Reply

    What a terrific post. Your photos and recipe are really wonderful. This is my first visit to your blog. I had planned only to say hello and then move on. Instead I began to read your prior and stayed far longer than I had intended. I love your recipes and your blog is most welcoming. I hope to visit often. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  23. The Cilantropistposted May 24, 2010 at 7:51 pm Reply

    I couldn't agree with your more about destiny, your post was a lovely read! :) And the food… oh wow. The photos are beautiful, I especially like your intro photo, and the clams sound amazing. I have had mussels with pasta many times but clams seem like a perfect pairing as well!

  24. Lawyer Loves Lunchposted May 24, 2010 at 7:47 pm Reply

    What a beautiful post! I love romance (and pasta!) :)

  25. Lazaro Cooks!posted May 24, 2010 at 2:31 pm Reply

    Wonderful interesting post. Your pasta dish looks great.


  26. lauraposted May 24, 2010 at 1:04 pm Reply

    Thank you! thank you! This sounds fabulous – I'm not sure when I fell in love with spaghetti with clams, but I know Bri and I found this amazing little restaurant in Sorento on vacation and I ordered it every night we were there! I've never had a great recipe, so this is perfect. ( :

  27. Rickposted May 24, 2010 at 12:28 pm Reply

    Your pictures are ridiculously beautiful. Seriously.

  28. Sharlene (Wheels and Lollipops)posted May 24, 2010 at 11:53 am Reply

    I do believe in destiny and like you I believe my hubby and I were meant to be together , your post made your dish come alive.

  29. Joshuaposted May 24, 2010 at 8:05 am Reply

    Fun to read with amazing pictures. A great take on one of my favourite pasta dishes. Grand!

  30. Melissa Petermanposted May 24, 2010 at 6:13 am Reply

    Absolutely stunning. Great post, great pics, good food. thanks for sharing!

  31. Kaitposted May 24, 2010 at 4:23 am Reply

    A truly classic pairing. Terrific photography as always. I just might run out and get some clams this week.

  32. citronetvanilleposted May 24, 2010 at 4:21 am Reply

    Such a sweet post, I do believe in destiny too somehow, why we make certain choices rather than other has a reason…As for the papardelle, they're simply gorgeous, the photos are so alive, it's incredible, I feel like licking my screen! Beautiful recipe!

  33. My Kitchen in the Rockiesposted May 24, 2010 at 4:06 am Reply

    I could just eat a clam out of the picture it looks so good.
    This is truly a perfect match meal.