Spaghetti vongole

16 June 2014

Spaghetti vongole is a popular Italian dish of pasta and fresh clams in a creamy sauce. This recipe uses a white wine, garlic and parsley sauce.

Preparation time

15 minutes

Cooking Time

10 minutes



  • 800g fresh clams, discard any opened ones
  • 12 whole shallots, finely chopped
  • 75g butter
  • 2 cloves of garlic peeled and chopped
  • 2 glasses of white wine
  • 400g cooked spaghetti or linguine
  • 100g double cream
  • 50g flat leaf parsley


Thoroughly wash the clams.

Chop the shallots into a fine dice and cook in the butter until soft, when soft add the chopped garlic and 1 glass of the white wine and reduce slightly. This can be done up to 2 /3 days in advance, cooled and kept in a sealed jar.

Place a large pan on the gas and allow this to get hot, adding the clams and the remaining white wine.

When they all start to open add the cooked spaghetti / linguine to the same pan. Then add the double cream and the cooked shallot mixture.

After 2 /3 minutes when it is all warmed through, check the seasoning and adjust if necessary and add some of the chopped parsley.

Serve in hot bowls. Then finish with the rest of the chopped parsley.

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