can u freeze white clam sauce

This Linguine with White Clam Sauce (Linguine alle Vongole) is made with dried pasta, white wine and fresh clams in a decadently delicious buttery sauce…plus it takes less than 30 minutes to make!

This recipe was originally published in March 2017. It has been updated for content and photos.

Simple, fresh ingredients sometimes make the best meal. This recipe uses just a few ingredients: clams, garlic, parsley and white wine. Its simple preparation is what makes this linguine with clams absolute perfection.

I remember many, many years ago I used to date a guy that would take me to this little Italian restaurant in Abilene, Texas. Yes, I am a Texas girl transplanted to California. But anyways, I used to order the linguine with white clam sauce every time.

And since then, it is one of my go-to dishes whenever we eat at Italian restaurants. Its got the perfect amount of brininess from the clams, richness from the butter and wine, and freshness from the sauteed garlic, shallots and parsley.

Plus, this linguine with white clam sauce is SUPER easy to make and can be on the table in under 30 minutes, which is just awesome for those crazy weeknights. Try this Instant Pot shrimp scampi for a quick and easy meal too – its one of our favs [feast_advanced_jump_to]

can u freeze white clam sauce

Step By Step Instructions

Cook the linguine in a pot of salted water (use about 1 tbsp. of salt) about 2 minutes less than the package instructs. The pasta should be al dente (have a little bite to it).

Dont rinse the pasta as the starch from the pasta will help thicken the sauce later.

can u freeze white clam sauce

Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-low heat and add garlic and shallots. Cook for 3-5 minutes to let the flavors start to bloom and soften.

can u freeze white clam sauce

Add the wine and parsley and simmer until reduced, about 5-7 minutes.

can u freeze white clam sauce

Add 2 tbsp. of the reserved clam liquid, the canned clam meat and the whole fresh clams.

can u freeze white clam sauce

Cover and cook for about 5-10 minutes, or until fresh clams open. Make sure to discard any clams that dont open. As the clams cook, they will release liquid, adding so much wonderful flavor to the dish.

can u freeze white clam sauce

Add cooked linguine, toss, and cook for 2-3 minutes. If the sauce is too runny, add 1-2 tablespoons of the reserved pasta water to help thicken it up.

can u freeze white clam sauce

Garnish with chopped parsley, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and serve with crusty bread. Try this Crusty Bread Recipe from Life as a Strawberry.

can u freeze white clam sauce

  • Make sure to add plenty of salt (at least 1 tablespoon) to the pasta water. This is what adds flavor to the pasta.
  • Discard any unopened clams after you have cooked them.
  • Save some of the pasta water to help thicken up the sauce if necessary. If the sauce is watery add 1-2 tablespoons of pasta water. The starch should help to thicken it.
  • If your pasta sauce is still runny, add 2 teaspoons of cornstarch to 1 tablespoon of water and mix to combine. Slowly add the cornstarch slurry to the pasta, just a touch at a time, until the desired thickness is reached. Personally, I have not needed to do this.
  • Add additional salt and pepper to taste after mixing the linguine in with the sauce.
  • What kind of white wine is used for Linguine with Clams? A light and crisp, dry white wine like a pinot grigio, unoaked chardonnay or sauvignon blanc work the best for this recipe. Stay away from sweet white wines.
  • Do canned clams need to be cooked? Canned clams are typically already cooked. In this recipe, they will be cooked again for several minutes to let the flavors infuse the sauce.
  • Can I use frozen clams instead of fresh? Frozen WHOLE clams can be used instead of fresh. Follow the same recipe instructions, reducing the cook time by about 5 minutes if the frozen clams have already been cooked.
  • Can you freeze linguine with clam sauce? Technically, you can freeze this dish, but I dont recommend it. The clams will become very chewy, and the pasta will lose its integrity. If you do decide to freeze it, store it in an airtight container for up to one month. It can be reheated in the microwave.
  • How do I reheat linguine with clams? You can either throw in in a saute pan with a tbsp. of butter, and a couple tablespoons of white wine to re-invigorate it, or it can be reheated in the microwave.

can u freeze white clam sauce

How to Prepare Clams

Best Clams for Pasta: The best clams for this recipe are Manila clams or Littleneck clams due to their small size and sweeter flavor. Personally, I like the manila clams the best for this recipe for their size and sweetness. Learn more about the different types of clams in this article from Serious Eats.

How to Buy Clams for Pasta: Do not buy clams that are cracked. If you have cracked ones, dispose of them. Also, any clams that do not open while cooking should be discarded.

How to Clean Clams for Pasta: Fresh clams should be placed in a bowl of cool water and let to sit for 30 minutes. I typically do this the day before just to save time when Im ready to cook. The clams should spit out any sand during this soak. Rinse the clams well in water, being sure to scrub the outside shells well to remove any dirt.

Linguine with White Clam Sauce


Can clam sauce be frozen?

Cool before placing in a freezer container. Cover and freeze for up to 3 months. To use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Place in a large saucepan; heat through, stirring occasionally.

Can I freeze cooked white sauce?

White sauce (or B├ęchamel sauce) is such a winner to have in the freezer. It defrosts quite quickly (in the bag in cold water) if frozen flat and allows you to make amazing meals like lasagna and fish pie, fully from scratch without having to do everything at once.

How long does clam sauce last in the fridge?

How long does clam sauce last in the fridge? You can store clam sauce for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. Linguine with clams is best eaten immediately, but you can refrigerate leftovers for 3-4 days.

Can you freeze creamy pasta sauce?

Yes, you can freeze leftover pasta sauce for later use.

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