If you are in need of a last minute Valentine’s Day dinner, I have just the ticket.

And if you’ve already celebrated or are going out to eat, I must convince you to make this as soon as you’re back in the kitchen.

It’s easy.

It’s inexpensive.

It’s fast.

It’s mouth watering.

Get some little clams, even if they freak you out. Trust me, I’d rather have the real stuff, but for some reason I don’t quite have access to that in Pennsylvania. I wonder why?

I’ve never been good at geography.

What we have here is a twist on linguine with clam sauce and clams casino. Two of my favorite things. Obviously.

My mom used to make linguine with clam sauce when I was growing up, and I think she went through a big linguine and clam sauce phase in the 60s and 70s. It seemed to be popular then, didn’t it? If she wasn’t making fondue, she was making linguine with clam sauce. I envision her cooking it for friends while wearing bell bottoms and paisley prints. I’m afraid to think about where the night went after that since they were “into the arts” in the 60s and 70s. Whatever that means.

The clams casino inspiration comes from every summer at the beach, when my dad and uncle make a giant seafood feast consisting of beer-battered fish, beer-braised scallops, clams casino and so much more.

Oh summer… where art thou?

A seafood dish isn’t a seafood dish without wine.

Don’t forget to pour yourself a glass. That’s the most important part of the recipe!

Ah.. my old friend.

You’re doomed.

Crispy bacon adds so much to a pasta dish. To say this linguine is bursting with flavor would be an understatement. White wine, sauteed onions, garlic, clams, bacon, parmesan…

There isn’t much more I want out of life.

Except I sort of want a puppy too. Mr. How Sweet isn’t game though. He says I have to have a goldfish first, and it has to survive for an entire year. Like… an entire year STRAIGHT. Then I can move on to a hamster. Then a guinea pig. Then a cat. Then a purse-sized dog. Then a medium dog. Then maybe… a large dog. Which is the kind of dog I want. And I have to have all of these before I can even consider How Sweet spawns.

Though when it comes down to it, I really don’t want a dog at all, because I can’t even take care of myself. There are dishes piled to the ceiling in our kitchen, clothes covering our entire bedroom floor, cobwebs in every corner, Christmas decorations hanging out in the living room, and well… I just can’t be bothered to get up in the middle of the night.

But I still tried to bribe Mr. How Sweet with the linguine. I think it sort of worked.

I gotta tell you… I think this is my favorite pasta dish to date. Also my favorite current dinner. Mr. How Sweet and I ate it like it was going out of style. And then we ate more.

I promise you won’t be disappointed. 


Clams Casino Linguine

serves 3-4

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 cup chopped red peppers

1/2 cup chopped onions

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 cans minced clams in clam juice, 13 ounces total

1/2 cup dry white wine

2 tablespoons butter

2 slices bacon, fried and crumbled

1/2 pound whole wheat linguine

1/4 cup parmesan cheese + more for garnish

freshly chopped parsley for garnish

Boil a pot of water for pasta and cook according to directions.

While pasta is cooking, heat a skillet on medium heat and add olive oil. Add chopped onions and peppers with a pinch of salt and saute until soft, about 8 minutes. Add garlic and stir for 30 seconds. Add in both cans of clams + juice and bring the mixture to a boil. Add white wine and let mixture simmer for about 5 full minutes. Stir in butter.

Turn heat down to low and add cooked linguine. Toss to allow the noodles to soak up the sauce. Add in parmesan cheese, crumbled bacon and parsley.

Serve with additional parmesan and crusty bread.


Coming up… some of my favorite recipes ever this week. I know. So dramatic aren’t I?

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108 Responses to “Linguine with Clams Casino.”

  1. #
    Megan (Braise The Roof) — February 14, 2011 @ 8:05 pm

    You know, clams do kinda freak me out. But I actually think the canned kind are manageable. And pasta+bacon = you can throw anything else in and it’ll taste good. I’ll have to give this a try when I’m feeling fancy!


    • Jessica — February 14th, 2011 @ 11:01 pm

      I promise it’s delicious!


  2. #
    Runeatrepeat — February 14, 2011 @ 11:19 pm

    I’m scared of clams. Or at least, cooking them…


  3. #
    Christina — February 15, 2011 @ 1:03 am

    I’ve never had clams before but now I want to. This looks divine!


  4. #
    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — February 15, 2011 @ 2:14 am

    I’m not going to lie – the clams freak me out a little. BUT. By the last picture, you had me hooked on the idea… especially with the bacon! :)


  5. #
    Karolina — February 15, 2011 @ 5:37 am

    The pasta looks great, but minced clams in a can? I don’t know if I could ever mentally get over that! I love coming to your blog each day-it makes me want to spend my evenings cooking!


    • Jessica — February 15th, 2011 @ 11:39 am

      Have you ever had linguine with clam sauce?? That’s what it usually is!


  6. #
    Jaime — February 15, 2011 @ 7:23 am

    I’ve never had clams casino and don’t think I’ve even had linguine with clam sauce. This from a girl who has lived on the ocean her entire 30+ years of existance. Weird.

    Weirder still is that I just commented last night that I’d like to make some sort of clam pasta dish. Thanks for reading my thoughts and coming through.


  7. #
    Paulette — February 15, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

    Made pasta and clam sauce years ago. Must try this soon. Looks so good. Love the card. Paulette


  8. #
    Karen — February 15, 2011 @ 2:18 pm

    My kids want a dog badly…so they are currently in the “goldfish” stage. This fish has killed off any fish we ever tried to put with it and has been living for over a year. You can borrow him anytime to get to your “hamster” stage! LOL

    Great recipe…can’t wait to give it a try. The hubby and I love clams!!


  9. #
    Christina — February 15, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

    My husband loves clams! I will have to try this recipe.

    On another note…don’t get a goldfish…get a guppy…THEY DON’T DIE! But be sure to get only one because they multiply! My daughter was gifted some 5 years ago by a neighbor for her congratulations on going to Kindergarten and we still have some alive and living (none of the original parents).


  10. #
    Medved — February 15, 2011 @ 5:15 pm

    Ok – the wife hates onions and red peppers. Any alternatives to include? Usually I do green onions (which she will eat), but I’m blanking out on a red pepper substitute.


    • Jessica — February 15th, 2011 @ 5:19 pm

      Does she like green peppers? If not, I would just skip the peppers and do the green onions, some garlic and bacon.


      • Medved — February 15th, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

        Nope, peppers in general are out. I like them, and I think they are good for color in a recipe like this.

        Just found your site, btw. My work is getting less hours of out me today than they should.

        • Jessica — February 15th, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

          Hope it’s keeping you entertained!

  11. #
    Sherri — February 15, 2011 @ 5:52 pm

    Made this dish last night for valentines day and it was an ABSOLUTE HIT!!! The only words that came out of my hubby’s mouth were, mmmm, aahhh, oh my god this is delicious. I think he was having a foodgasm….lol

    We have 6 kids and he surprised me last night with having them at the table already eating dinner when I got home so we got to enjoy our dinner out on the backporch, fire in the pit, stars in the clear sky. We had the Linguine with clams casino, caesar salad, garlic bread and a bottle of white wine. Absolute wonderful!!! Love all your recipes, keep up the good work and can’t wait to try more.


  12. #
    Arez — February 16, 2011 @ 2:26 am

    I love linguine with clam sauce whether its mild and white, or spicy and red so this sounds amazing to me!!! Definitely making this soon!


  13. #
    Jess — February 19, 2011 @ 4:10 am

    I just made this tonight for my husband and myself…omg…DELICIOUS! My husband kept saying how it was better than eating at our favorite italian restaurant and couldn’t stop oooohhhing and awwwing and telling me how good it was (I told him to thank the lovely blog I found it on ;)). He said it topped the list of best recipes I’ve ever made! Quite the compliment because I’m always trying new (mostly healthy) things. While this isn’t SUPER healthy, it could be worse when it comes to savory pasta dishes! I think it’s perfect for a Friday or Saturday when you want a little something extra special/fun but don’t want to spend $$ to go out to dinner (plus drinking as much wine as we (I) do at home saves mad money too;)) I highly recommend trying this asap!


    • Jessica — February 19th, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

      Yay! So glad you enjoyed it.


  14. #
    Erin — February 23, 2011 @ 3:57 am

    I made Clams Casino last week for dinner. My boyfriend and I were cooking together, he was stirring the sauce and I was adding everything. I was reading the recipe off of my phone and I guess the screen got shifted so I read 2 cups of wine instead of 1/2 cup… Whoops. The worst part was as I was pouring he kept saying “Really 2 cups? That seems like a high ratio… are you sure??”
    Confidently, I said, “Oh yeah thats what it says… Im sure Jessica knows her stuff!”

    Only to have to admit I was wrong… haha!
    It still turned out YUMMY! We cooked it extra so it would reduce and then I strained the goodies out so I could add just half the liquid to the pasta.

    I think Illl definitely make it again and drink the extra wine instead of adding it!


    • Jessica — February 23rd, 2011 @ 3:59 am

      Hahahah oh my gosh… yes, next time you need to drink it! :)


  15. #
    Rachel — February 25, 2011 @ 6:26 pm

    This was SO amazing, thank you!


    • Jessica — February 25th, 2011 @ 11:19 pm

      Thank YOU!


  16. #
    Lyndsay W. — March 2, 2011 @ 2:18 am

    Jess, the Clams Casino was soooo delicious! Thanks for sharing!!


    • Jessica — March 2nd, 2011 @ 2:28 am

      Yay! So glad you liked it. :)


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    Jennifer H — May 3, 2011 @ 8:51 am

    I am linking to this recipe post today. I made a variation of your lovely recipe.


    • Jessica — May 3rd, 2011 @ 9:09 am



  19. #
    Katelyn — July 23, 2011 @ 9:38 pm

    This is a new favorite! I’m not sure it will replace the Creamy Caprese Pasta but it will definitely make its way onto my rotation. Thanks for the great recipe!


  20. #
    Alice NG — February 6, 2012 @ 1:23 am

    Hi Jessica,

    I am about to try this recipe and what I have are canned whole clams and canned fire roasted red bell peppers. If I make these substitutions, how do you think it will turn out? Please let me know your thoughts!! Thanks in advance.

    I am a HUGE fan of you blog and read it everyday. Thank you for sharing!


  21. #
    elizabeth — May 1, 2012 @ 4:53 pm

    I actually had some vermicelli and brought home two cans of those same exact clams and did some summer mix vegetable that steam in the microwave, awesome and fast !! I am so glad I turned to your site for advice :0) Y U M M Y


  22. #
    Todd — April 23, 2013 @ 12:13 am

    First of all I would like to say superb blog! I had a quick question which I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your thoughts before writing. I have had trouble clearing my mind in getting my ideas out. I truly do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips? Thanks!



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