white clam sauce

Canned clams and hot cherry peppers tossed with pasta and asparagus make a flavor-packed 20-minute dinner.

white clam sauce
Servings: 6 Prep 10 mins Cook 8 mins


  • 1 pound rigatoni
  • 1 bunch asparagus, ends snapped off and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 cans (6-1/2 ounces each) clams, drained and 1/2 cup clam juice reserved
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 jarred hot cherry peppers, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup Italian parsley, chopped

Make It

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil over high heat. Cook pasta following package directions. Add asparagus during last 4 minutes of cooking. Drain.

2. While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes, until just starting to color, stirring so that garlic does not burn.

3. Add clam juice and cook 1 minute. Stir in drained clams, lemon juice, cherry peppers and salt. Cook 1 minute or until heated through. Stir in butter and parsley.

4. Toss the pasta and asparagus with the sauce. Drizzle with additional olive oil if desired. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 6; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 421, Fat, total (g): 15, chol. (mg): 13, sat. fat (g): 4, carb. (g): 61, fiber (g): 5, pro. (g): 12, sodium (mg): 403, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.