cooked clams and herbs on a plate with linguini noodles

Major Pasta with Clam Sauce

Major’s pasta and clam sauce recipe is a deliciously elevated coastal experience that is easy to prepare.

cooked clams and herbs on a plate with linguini noodles Tender pasta combines with briny clams in a rich broth. Fresh clams are cooked in olive oil, shallots, garlic, white wine, and black pepper until they open. The clam stock, combined with Elite Major Clam Stock Base, creates an unbeatable sauce. Italian parsley adds freshness, and optional red pepper flakes provide heat. Serve clams over pasta, ladle the sauce, and garnish with parsley. Add Parmesan or Romano cheese, and serve with fresh crusty bread for an indulgent touch.


  • 3 oz. Elite Major Clam Stock Base, #16595
  • 80 Each Fresh Clams
  • 3 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1 1/4 Cups White Wine
  • 10 Cloves Minced fresh Garlic
  • 2 Each Minced Shallots
  • 1 Quart Clam Stock
  • 2 Lbs. Cooked Pasta (Linguini, Spaghetti, Fettuccine, etc.)
  • 1 1/2 Cups Fresh Chopped Italian Parsley
  • 1/2 Each (Optional)Zest of Lemon
  • (Optional)Red Pepper Flakes
  • (Optional) Fresh Grated Parmesan or Romano Cheese


  1. Cook pasta al dente
  2. Rinse clams and be sure they are tightly closed
  3. Bring one quart of water to the boil and add clam base
  4. Set clam broth aside
  5. In a pot with a cover add olive oil and sauté (lightly) shallot and garlic
  6. Add clams, white wine, and black pepper
  7. Cover and cook until clams open. DO NOT force clams to open. If they do not open, discard them.
  8. When the clams are cooked, remove from pot and drain collecting all liquid
  9. Return liquid to pot and any ingredients that are loose
  10. Add half clam stock to pot (fresh clams can vary greatly in the amount of saltiness. Be sure and taste broth before adding all stock. If it is naturally salty do not add more clam broth)
  11. Return clams with 2/3 of fresh chopped parsley
  12. Add red pepper flakes, if desired, and toss
  13. Divide warm linguini into 10 soup plates.
  14. Lightly top pasta with fresh lemon zest if desired
  15. Divide clams between dishes and top with hot clam sauce
  16. Garnish dishes with remaining parsley
  17. Freshly grated cheese is optional, not traditional.