Heirloom Meals: Savoring Yesterday's Traditions Today

Linguine with Clam Sauce aka Seaweed Macaroni

Nana’s Linguine with Clam Sauce


  • 4-6 tbsp olive oil
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup clam juice
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 -2 cup clams, minced (either canned or fresh. If fresh, use 1-2 lbs)
  • 1/2 1 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 lb spaghetti/linguini


  1. If using fresh clams, rinse and soak in a pot of salted water for 10-15 minutes to help release the sand. Scrub and rinse thoroughly.
  2. Place clams in pot with about an inch of water bring to boil and then simmer covered for 10 minutes until clam shells open.
  3. You can remove the clam meat and mince but I like to leave a few in the shell for garnish.
  4. Heat oil and sauté chopped garlic for 2 minutes. Add juice, salt/pepper and parsley.
  5. Simmer about 8-10 minutes. Can be prepared up to this point. Meanwhile, cook pasta. When done, drain. Add clams to sauce and heat thoroughly.
  6. Spoon sauce over pasta. Add a generous amount of parmesan or Pecorino Romano. Toss. If it seems too dry, add some more bottled clam juice. Enjoy!!
  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 25 minutes
  • Total time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Categories: Heirloom Recipes

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