Clams and Linguine

Clams and linguine is a favorite among the Rhode Island quahoggers who bring us the sweetest, freshest clams we’ve ever tasted. Our version of this well-loved dish takes the “less is more” approach inspired by our friend Joe Bruno at Pasta Nostra and focuses only on the star of the show: the clam.
June 01, 2014


Remove and discard the soft black part of the clam connected to the body. Chop the clam bodies in half. Reserve chopped clams and juice separately in the refrigerator.

Heat garlic and olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Cook garlic until blond (not browned) and fragrant, then remove pan from heat. Remove garlic from oil to prevent further cooking and set aside.

Bring 5 quarts water and the sea salt to a boil. Add pasta to boiling water and move gently with a fork to prevent sticking. Cook until just underdone, about 2 minutes; strain. (Note: If using dry linguine, cook until just al dente, no more.)

Working quickly while the pasta is cooking, add reserved clam juice to skillet and bring to a simmer. Add reserved garlic and black pepper. Add strained pasta and shucked, chopped clams to the simmering clam juice and olive oil for 1 minute, tossing until most of the liquid is absorbed.

Divide pasta among four warm shallow pasta bowls. Garnish with parsley. (Dissuade your guests from adding cheese! This dish doesn’t need it.) Serve immediately.

Serves 4 as a main course.

*Get clam shucking tips from Chef MacCartney!

Recipe by Matthew MacCartney, Executive Chef, Jamestown Fish

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  • 40 Littleneck clams (about 2 cups shucked), washed and shucked; juice strained and reserved*
  • 8 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ⅓–½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ⅛ cup fine sea salt
  • 1¼ pounds fresh linguine
  • 40 twists black pepper
  • ½ bunch fresh Italian parsley, stemmed, washed, dried and chopped
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