Pasta Vongole (clams) in tomato sauce

Pasta Vongole (clams) in tomato sauce

By 06/04/2015

I love pasta with clams!

If you think they are difficult to prepare think again. They don't need much prep time at all. You just need to soak them for a couple of hours in cold water so they release any sand they have in them, then you can cook them straightaway. Remember to discard all clams that are open or damaged and any that have not opened during cooking.

You will have a pasta with the flavour on the sea, a light and delicious meal ready in 15 minutes!

I have chosen orecchiette pasta for this recipe but you can choose any type of pasta you like.

  • Prep Time : 15 minutes
  • Cook Time : 15 minutes



Leave the clams to soak in salty cold water for a couple of hours so that they will release any sand they have in them.

vongole clams

Rinse them well under the tap and discard any that are open or damaged.

rinsing clams

Bring a pot of salty water to the boil to cook your pasta.

Heat two tbsp of olive oil in a large pan, add the garlic cloves and the chopped chilli, then fry gently for a minute. Add the halved cherry tomatoes.

cherry tomatoes

Add the clams and a splash of wine, salt and pepper

Pasta vongole in tomato sauce

Add the tomato sauce, cover the pan and cook for 3-4 mins on a high heat until all the clams are open.

Pasta vongole in tomato sauce

Cook the pasta, drain and then tip into the pan with the parsley, a  drizzle of olive oil and toss together.

Pasta vongole in tomato sauce

Mop up the lovely juices with some rustic bread.


Pasta vongole in tomato sauce

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4 Responses to Pasta Vongole (clams) in tomato sauce

  1. Elisabetta

    Ooh, I make spaghetti or linguine vongole or cozze almost every other week. Sometimes with, sometimes without tomato. Unbeatable! Packed full of flavour and nutrients and velocissimo!

    • Alida

      Absolutely Elisabetta, they have a fantastic flavour 🙂

  2. gloria

    Look delicious ! The other day for Easter we ate clams and hubby help me to open:)
    We make to oven with grated cheese!!

  3. Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist

    I have never eaten a clam Alida! Should I be ashamed? I have no idea why, but the idea of cooking them scares me even more. They look very pretty though and I can see why they would be so flavoursome and delicious!

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