Spaghetti Vongole

How to Make Spaghetti Vongole

Taste the flavours of the sea on a plate with this simple spaghetti vongole recipe. The secret is in slow cooking these little shellfish until they create a beautiful broth which then coats each strand of spaghetti until it looks silky and tastes like perfection. Enjoy this seafood recipe with Vincenzo’s Dad Paolo as he shows off his culinary skills.

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REGULATE the quantities

For every 100g of pasta, you should add 100g of vongole – this is the best way to regulate your quantities, always remembering the more vongole, the better!.

NOT good too eat when…

If they don’t open in the middle, it normally means they are not good to eat so leave the vongole to simmer in the pan until they begin to open.

Top it off!

Sprinkle a generous amount of freshly chopped parsley on top to finalize your Spaghetti Vongole

spaghetti vongole

Spaghetti Vongole

Vincenzo's Plate
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4


  • Large saucepan
  • 1 5L large pot 21.1338 US cups
  • Sharp knife
  • wooden spoon


  • Spaghetti pasta 300g 3 Cups
  • Glass of white wine
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 300 Vongole g/1.32 cups . Clams or Pipi's
  • Extra virgin olive oil EVOO
  • Pinch Rock salt
  • Sprinkle of pepper
  • Generous amount of fresh parsley


  • Boil 5L of water in a large pot in preparation for your spaghetti vongole.
  • Turn the stove on to a medium/high heat and add a generous amount of extra virgin olive oil.
  • Once the oil has begun to warm, add the two cloves of garlic peeled but left whole.
  • The garlic will then start to fry and brown. Once the cloves are nicely coloured, remove them from the pan and leave them to the side.
  • Now, add the vongole to the pan and stir them gently using a wooden spoon. After around 15-20 seconds, add the glass of white wine and leave to simmer.
  • Add a pinch of rock salt to the pot of boiling water – but not too much as the vongole should be fresh which means they will be salty from the sea (depending on where you are in the world, you can add more or less salt)!
  • Leave the vongole to simmer in the pan until they begin to open. If they don’t open in the middle, it normally means they are not good to eat.
  • Once the vongole have opened and the water is boiling, add the spaghetti pasta and leave it to cook based on the packet instructions, less one minute!
  • Strain the pasta once it has cooked to your liking and add it to the pan with the vongole in it (where it will then finish to cook).
  • Mix the pasta well so that it soaks up the delicious broth-like liquid and flavours from your sauce.
  • Once the spaghetti vongole are mixed well, sprinkle a generous amount of freshly chopped parsley on top and mix it through.


Keyword Seafood
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How to serve Spaghetti Vongole

  1. Once the pasta starts to look shiny because it is coated in the flavours of the broth, the ingredients have started to stick it’s ready to serve.
  2. Serve the spaghetti vongole onto a plate trying to keep it in the centre and make sure there are some extra vongole on top – and another small sprinkle of parsley.

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2 Responses to Spaghetti Vongole

  1. Lemonlot April 23, 2023 at 6:59 PM #

    5 stars
    Great recipe! Thank you! Missing the cloves in the ingredients section, but it’s alright.

    • Vincenzo's Plate April 26, 2023 at 1:51 AM #

      Thank you for letting me know that you enjoyed the recipe! I apologize for the oversight in the ingredients section, and I appreciate you bringing it to my attention. But garlic might be a good addition to this recipe, I prefer to not include it in my dish. Although, you can always add some for yours.

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