Pasta with white clam sauce

Everyone has a favorite dish that their mom makes. My mom makes a lot of amazing dishes that I can’t get enough of, but there’s one in particular I’ve loved since I was a little kid – pasta with white clam sauce. I don’t know what it is about this dish, but I can never get enough of it. The best part? It’s easy to make, too. As I was preparing to leave home to go back to school, I requested that we have it for dinner one night. For the ingredients, you need:

  • 1 lb spaghetti 
  • 3 dozen little neck clams
  • 1 can of white clam sauce
  • Corn meal
  • White wine
  • Parmesan cheese


The first step in making this dish is to sprinkle corn meal in a ice bath (a plugged sink with water and ice in it). Place the clams in the water and soak for several hours.  Check the water occasionally to make sure it is cold, and add more ice if needed. This will help remove the sand from the clams.


The ice had melted in this picture, but the water is cold.

Next, cook your pasta and heat the sauce. While it is cooking, put some of the clams into a pot, and add enough water and white wine to come half way up on the clams. Cover the pot and turn the heat to high. Steam until the clams open. When the clams are open and looks cooked, remove them and put into a bowl.



The next step is to assemble the dish. Place the pasta in your serving dish, and toss with some sauce. Place the clams on top of the pasta and spoon the reminding sauce on top.  Serve with parmesan cheese.

It’s as simple as that. The white clam sauce has a very unique flavor and isn’t too fishy. Paired with the pasta and cheese, this meal will hit the spot. 


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