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spaghetti with clam sauce

Spaghetti with Clam Sauce

We love this copy cat recipe for The Old Spaghetti Factory clam sauce. It's our favorite to mix with the myzithra cheese and browned butter.

Author Kami - NoBiggie.net


  • 2 6oz. cans chopped clams in liquid reserve the liquid
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 quart half and half
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 1/2 medium onion minced
  • 3 stalks celery peeled and finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon flat leaf Italian parsley *optional garnish


  1. In a medium sized saucepan combine butter, onion, celery and garlic. Cook over medium low heat until the onion is translucent.

  2. Add the flour and mix to make a roux.

  3. Drain the clams and reserve the liquid. Rinse the clams.

    In a separate saucepan combine the clam juice, half and half, ground thyme and salt. Heat until just below boiling.

  4. Add the roux and cook until the sauce thickens. Add in the clams, stirring gently to mix the clams into the sauce. Serve warm over spaghetti.