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Spaghetti with Vongole

Spaghetti with Vongole

A delicious seafood pasta recipe: Spaghetti with Vongole!

Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Manuela Zangara


  • 1 kg clams/vongole
  • 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 10 cherry tomatoes halved
  • 80 ml white wine
  • 2 tbsp parsley chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 360 gms – 12.7 oz. Spaghetti


  1. Rinse the vongole under cold water. Put them in a big bowl and cover them with cool water. Add 1 tbsp of salt to the water and stir. Keep the vongole in salty water for at least 2 hours (this will help get rid of some of the sand that may be still trapped inside the clams).
  2. Then put the vongole in a large frying pan, cover them with a lid and put them on a medium-high flame. Wait until they open. There is no need to add any water or oil at this stage.
  3. When the vongole have opened, remove them with a slotted spoon, and filter the juices that have come out into the pan. By doing this, you will remove all the sand and you won't have any in your plate! Keep the juice aside and discard any unopened clams.
  4. Mince the garlic and sauté it with 5 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil for 1 minute.
  5. Add the halved cherry tomatoes and cook them for a couple of minutes.
  6. Add the vongole and white wine. Let the alcohol evaporate, then add the filtered juice and mix well.
  7. Add the chopped parsley, mix, season with salt and pepper to taste and put the fire off. Your sauce needs to be a little runny, so do not panic!
  8. Cook the pasta following the steps on How to cook pasta “al dente” in the Techniques page of this site, but drain it 1 minute before it is cooked as it will finish cooking together with the sauce. Put the drained pasta in the frying pan with the sauce and mix it well while cooking it on a slow flame for 1 or 2 minutes.
  9. Like this.
  10. Serve immediately with more freshly ground pepper!