Linguine and Clam Sauce


Linguine and clam sauce is a classic and elegant pasta dish that is perfect for company or for impressing a special someone!
So, I’m supposed to be in Seattle right now but my body decided to completely shut down on me right before my trip to Iowa annnnd so I had to change up plans and move Seattle & PDX to next weekend. I’m super surprised that I was able to change my flight so easily (and with minimal costs).

Linguine and clam sauce is so flavorful and takes no time to put together!
Let me just tell you this – laryngitis SUCKS. Seriously, I sound horrible. Ask everyone on the #IACornQuest and Megan and Carla who heard me on the phone last night to break the news to them.

Linguine and clam sauce is so flavorful and takes no time to put together!
So yeah. I’m resting up and heading out next week. I figure it’s better to do that than to have no voice and be miserable all weekend. Plus, we’re doing a FOOD TOUR of Seattle & Portland – what kind of food tour would I be on if I couldn’t even taste anything?!

Anyway, this recipe I’m sharing with y’all today comes from Jenna’s AMAZING book, White Jacket Required.

I have so many praises for that book. I love how close I felt to Jenna, as if I were her real life friend. The way she told her story and her experiences, made me feel like I was there with her. I literally laughed and cried with her. I felt silly crying in bed as I was reading parts of the book, but that’s how real it felt. It’s such a heartwarming book. You won’t be able to put it down. I love all the recipes she scattered throughout the book, makes you hungry reading it!

This linguine and clam pasta was exceptional. So easy to make and every bite made you want more and more until your plate was empty!

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Linguine and clam sauce is so flavorful and takes no time to put together!

Linguine and Clam Sauce

Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 15 mins Total Time 20 mins
Serves 4     adjust servings

Linguine and clam sauce is a classic and elegant pasta dish that is perfect for company!


  • 8 ounces dried linguine
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 3: 6.5 ounce cans of clams, drained, with 1/2 cup juice reserved
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil and cook the pasta until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat then add the minced shallots and saute until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the clams and continue to cook for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the reserved clam juice, lemon juice, and red pepper flakes. Bring to simmer and cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Toss the pasta with the sauce. Divide among four plates and serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Recipe Notes

Recipe Notes

Source: from White Jacket Required by Jenna Weber, published by Sterling Epicure


Posted on September 28, 2012

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  1. 09/28/2012 at 7:18 am

    I have never had canned clams before…but I feel compelled to try this. Feel better soon!

  2. 09/28/2012 at 8:18 am

    Gurl, get that voice back!

    And then feed me.

  3. This book is on my wish list!
    Hope you feel better soon!

  4. I’m so so so sorry friend!! At least now you can properly recover and enjoy your time in Seattle!!

  5. 09/28/2012 at 9:55 am

    Feel better soon!
    The dish looks so delicious!

  6. 09/28/2012 at 10:43 am

    Get better luvah face! Can’t wait to eat our way through PDX. In other news – Clam linguine was the first dish that I ever made Ben from pasta from Pike Place Market on our first date. So – I think it’s time to resurrect that dish and make Jenna’s it’s beautiful!!

  7. 09/28/2012 at 10:49 am

    I have to get my hands on Jenna’s book! This simple, yet sophisticated pasta looks wonderful- i love clam linguine! my mom has made it before but I never got her recipe. :)

  8. Dawn
    09/28/2012 at 10:53 am

    I hope you get to feeling better asap! Thanks for sharing the awesome recipe and wonderful pics!

  9. 09/28/2012 at 11:09 am

    What a bummer. But right move staying back a week. And, this is one of my fave dishes!!

  10. 09/28/2012 at 11:48 am

    I’ve never had clam linguine before, and I don’t think I’ve ever had clams before, either. I need to try this! It looks so light and simple but totally delish. And giiiiirl you better get well soon!

  11. 09/28/2012 at 11:54 am

    boo, so sorry that you aren’t feeling well – that stinks. hope you get a weekend full of lots of rest (+ soup) + are back on your feet in no time. and this pasta? looks delicious! I totally want to read the book now, too!

  12. 09/28/2012 at 1:15 pm

    Feel better soon!!!

  13. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme
    09/28/2012 at 1:32 pm

    Sorry to hear you are not feeling well, that stinks! Hope you rest up and feel better! This dish looks amazing! I haven’t linguine and clam sauce in ages; now you have me craving it! ;)

  14. 09/28/2012 at 1:46 pm

    Hope you start feeling better soon, girl! Get lots of rest this weekend! This pasta looks so light and delicious!

  15. 09/28/2012 at 2:08 pm

    clams always seem to scare me…like I don’t know how to cook with them…but you make this dish look oh so good that maybe I will get courageous and try! sick no fun feel better soon so you can eat eat eat on trip!

  16. 09/28/2012 at 2:16 pm

    You sound horrible and sexy all the same ;) feel better soon mama so you can actually taste next weekend! I’m seriously so excited to see you two sweet ladies!!! Xoxo I really want to get this book too. This recipe looks amazing!

  17. 09/28/2012 at 2:17 pm

    Feel better soon, my friend! And enjoy all of this amazing linguine while you are at it!

  18. 09/28/2012 at 2:24 pm

    Glad it was pretty easy for you to change your flight! Get better soon!

    This recipe is so simple and looks so elegant! I’ve never tried canned clams before, but clams sound so fancy :D

  19. 09/28/2012 at 3:29 pm

    Feel better, Julie! And I hope you had some of this pasta while you’re sick! I love how easy it is to make, making it perfect for a weeknight meal!

  20. 09/28/2012 at 3:57 pm

    Beautiful pictures and such a delicious recipe! Hope you feel better soon.

  21. 09/28/2012 at 3:59 pm

    Feel better! This dish looks amazing and you really capture in such a lovely picture. Clam and linguine – for some reasons, my mind keeps thinking of vongole lately. Must be this! :D

  22. 09/28/2012 at 5:44 pm

    Aww, that stinks. I hope that the beginning of your trip wasn’t too terrible and that you’re feeling much better. The linguine looks good! I’ve seen this recipe featured a few times. Must be a really good one. :)

  23. 09/28/2012 at 6:53 pm

    Man, that blows… hope you get better really soon! I have a copy of White Jacket Required and can’t wait to begin reading it! Thanks for the recipe. :)

  24. 09/28/2012 at 9:04 pm

    Hope you feel better soon – being sick is the pits!! Shane and I make a similar linguine with clams recipe and it’s so good – simple but delicious. Yours looks awesome!

  25. 09/28/2012 at 10:16 pm

    Boo for being sick! I hope you feel better soon so you can enjoy PDX. It is a wonderful city just brimming with tasty, tasty food!

  26. 09/29/2012 at 3:00 am

    I echo what everyone here is saying. . hope you get better soon! I am currently reading Jenna’s book and love it. . can’t wait to make this pasta!

  27. 09/29/2012 at 3:45 am

    Oh no…I followed your Iowa trip on instagram and was wondering what happened when you mentioned you were sick. I really wish you a speedy recovery and look forward to follow your next trip as well :)

  28. 09/29/2012 at 12:37 pm

    Lovely photos, and I’m so glad we could get you into the trip to Iowa.

  29. 09/29/2012 at 12:50 pm

    So sorry to hear you had to change your plans and are still feeling sick. I hope you having some time this weekend to catch up on sleep and recover. Take care lovey xoxo

  30. 09/29/2012 at 1:15 pm

    I’m so sad to hear you’re sick, Julie :(
    Hope you’re back to yourself Asap, and this pasta…?! When can I come over?!

  31. 09/29/2012 at 2:57 pm

    I just downloaded my copy of this last week. I’ve only read a couple chapters but I did see this recipe! It’s on my make list.

    Yours looks great, and I hope you are feeling better!

  32. 09/29/2012 at 9:07 pm

    I hope you`ll feel better soon! :D

    & this pasta does look amazing!

  33. 09/29/2012 at 10:21 pm

    This pasta looks delicious! I love clam sauce. I hope you feel better soon.

  34. 09/30/2012 at 10:08 am

    Yes! Love clam sauce :)

  35. 10/01/2012 at 10:25 am

    hope you feel better soon! this pasta looks amazing! I’m going to have to get a copy of that book!

  36. 10/02/2012 at 10:22 am

    Whenever I see this on the menu, I always order it. I LOVE CLAMS! I could probably eat five dozen by myself. =X

  37. 10/02/2012 at 1:44 pm

    ooo growing up my dad would make this all the time. I love this!!!

  38. Cat
    01/11/2013 at 9:48 am

    Tried this recipe and loved it. I love the clammy flavor, which is oddly missing from other renditions of the dish.

  39. Ahs
    10/19/2014 at 8:15 pm

    This dish has no right to taste as good as it does for how easy it is to make. It was delicious with chopped clams, but I’m wondering whether you intended it to be made with whole or minced instead, or if it even makes a difference.

    • Julie
      10/20/2014 at 7:21 am

      Doesn’t really make a difference. I like the minced clams but you can make it with whole clams too.

  40. Dale
    12/30/2016 at 5:37 pm

    Going to try this tonight! Where did you find those beautiful serving dishes?

    • Julie
      12/31/2016 at 6:55 pm


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