Spaghetti with Spicy Clam Sauce

Yield 3 servings

Turn up the heat and the flavor on this quick to fix pasta dish with briny, budget-conscious clams, already-prepared Arrabbiata sauce, and a generous pinch of red pepper flakes.



  1. In a medium size skillet, over medium heat, heat the olive oil until hot. Add the onion, red pepper flakes, and garlic and cook until tender (about 5 minutes).
  2. While you are preparing the sauce, bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta according to directions. Drain when finished cooking.
  3. To the onion mixture, add the diced tomatoes with juice, clams (without juice) and fresh lemon juice. Simmer (do not boil) another 5 minutes.
  4. Add the prepared spaghetti sauce, ¼ cup reserved clam juice, lemon zest, and fresh parsley (save a little for the top). Simmer (again, no boiling!) 2-5 minutes more or until hot.
  5. Ladle the sauce on top of the cooked pasta.
  6. Top with a little more chopped parsley and (optional) Parmesan cheese.


  • This recipes makes three generous servings. Eat it for dinner then bring the leftovers for lunch! 
  • If clams are really your thing, use 2 cans of clams.

Recipe by Empty Nest Eats at