Pasta with Bacon and Clams

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Pasta with clams and bacon
pasta with bacon and clams

This is what came of the leftover Sunday bacon. I always have tons of pasta in the cupboard, and when I saw the fresh Manilla clams down at the market, I snatched up a pound of them.

I am on a clam kick lately. So is Pia. Isn’t that weird? It doesn’t really seem normal that a 3 year old could eat a lb of clams by herself, but truth be told- she just about did.

Pasta. Crispy bacon. Toasty garlic. Fresh clams. Minced green chives. Cracked black pepper. Heaven.

This is one of those meals that legitimately takes 15 minutes start to finish- so you can pair it with a green salad and some great crusty French bread and be done, top to bottom in 20 minutes. You can’t beat that, especially for something so incredibly delicious! And while it is great for a week night meal, it would be a very elegant center for a dinner party too.

Pasta with clams and bacon, serves 6
-1lb pasta (I used spaghetti)
-1lb clams, rinsed and drained
-3 slices bacon
-2 coves garlic, thinly sliced
-¼ cup chives, minced
-¼ cup dry white wine
- 2 Tbs Olive Oil
kosher salt and cracked black pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

While you are waiting for the water to boil, cook your bacon over medium heat turning often until it is crispy and all of the fat has been rendered.

pasta with bacon and clams

When the Bacon is mostly done, remove to a paper towel or scoot to the very edge of the pan and put the garlic in to cook in the bacon fat.

pasta with bacon and clams

Cook the garlic until golden brown and crispy. Remove them to a paper towel along with the bacon.

pasta with bacon and clams

While the garlic is browning add the pasta to the boiling water and cook to al dente according to manufacturers directions.

When your pasta has 3-4 minutes left, add the clams to the same large pan (which should be hot still.) Add the wine and throw a lid on it.

pasta with bacon and clams

Steam the clams just until they open, (this should take about 3-4 minutes).

Drain your pasta and then add it back to the pot.

Add the olive oil, the clams and juice from the pan, the chives and the bacon and garlic.

Toss well and season with kosher salt and black pepper.

Serve the pasta with the clams on top and some freshly shredded parmesan if you like!

pasta with bacon and clams

Pasta with bacon and clams

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  1. This looks delicious! I’ve never cooked clams before, and I had no idea they were so simple!

  2. Meredith Sutton says:


    I love your website and am often inspired by your meals and tablescapes! I am often looking for fine table cloths for my dining room table to add interest. I have plenty of fine white linens and some patterned french ones, but am lacking in nice solid colors. Is there a brand that you particularly like?

    • Meredith-
      First of all thank you so much! That makes me so happy!

      About the cloths-I will be totally honest- besides my nice white linens which are hand me downs from my mom and grandmother, I get my tablecloths/napkins in two places: The antique mall (always on the search for more white linens) and the fabric store! Because I can never find what I want, and also to buy a large cloth for a round table is sooooo $$$$$. But here is the real confession. I still can’t sew. My mom sews them for me!! Isn’t that terrible?! I do nice things for her in return, don’t worry! But if you or someone you know can sew a straight hem- I feel like this is a good option. For casual cottons, I like the punchy, fun cloths at Anthropologie and for Solids, Crate and Barrel. Thank you, I do believe that you just inspired a blog post on linens! Do you think other people would be interested?

  3. Meredith says:

    I definitely think that would be a great post! I have purchased fabric in the past to get just the right colors. Some fabrics obviously are better suited for this than others, so you can’t just look at the color and patterns. The fabric needs to be able to withstand dining spills and the laundry process!

  4. Katrina says:

    This is such a decadent meal. Yum!

  5. marla says:

    Heaven indeed, I want this pasta to come of my leftover Sunday bacon too!

  6. Danielle says:

    Yum!! I love pasta with clams.
    And I too think a post on linens would be wonderful!