Creamy Sweet Corn Pasta with Clams


Creamy Corn Pasta with Clams //

Whenever it gets way too hot, I get all dramatic and say I want to eat popsicles for dinner, but that never really happens. The closest I get to eating a popsicle for dinner is eating a salad, which is exact opposite of a popsicle. This corn linguine with clams is like a bowl of coziness with lots of summer flavors going on. It exploits the season.

In other unrelated pasta news, I finished Orange Is The New Black and OMG I’m obsessed. Like every show I love, I wish I could re-watch it all over again from the beginning. I love how good the balance is between funny and dark moments. I like getting to know the characters, learning what they did to end up there, and I like that their stories are a mix of innocent and very guilty. If you haven’t watched it, you need to get on it!

Back to pasta talk…

Creamy Corn Pasta with Clams //

Geez. I sometimes wish I could have book club so I could just talk about stuff I read and watch for 2 hours. Do people actually talk about books at book club or is it just an excuse to drink on a Tuesday night? Real questions.

This pasta is easy in its preparation, I’d say it could be a 30 minute meal. Rachel Ray could totally do this in 30 minutes. EVOO.

Did you know that EVOO is in the dictionary now? Crazy.

Creamy Corn Pasta with Clams //


Anyway, this pasta! I love it. The clams add this really amazing briny flavor to the dish which works wonders with the sweet, charred corn. I sometimes wonder if I’m ever going to eat un-charred corn again…

The pasta is creamy, briny, bright and surprisingly light for a cream-based sauce.

Fennel grows around my neighborhood like mad so I took my scissors outside and tried to go forage some fennel fronds for garnish, but all of them were dried up and burnt from the summer sun. But the fennel flowers were beautiful. I cut a few off and garnished my pasta with it. Fennel flowers have a strong anise-like flavor and are surprisingly really sweet. They added a great flavor. If you can’t find fennel flowers, feel free to use fennel fronds, tarragon or chives. All will add a nice touch.

Creamy Corn Pasta with Clams //

Creamy Sweet Corn Pasta with Clams

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  • 1 pound Littleneck clams
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 ears corn, husks removed and washed
  • 1/2 pound linguine pasta
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 ears of corn, charred
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Garnish options:

  • Fennel flowers, pictured
  • Fennel fronds
  • Tarragon
  • Chives


  • To prep the clams, gently add the clams to a medium bowl and cover them with cold water. Stir in the all-purpose flour and allow mixture to sit for 30 minutes. The clams will gorge on the flour, releasing any sand and/or grit. Drain and rinse the clams completely. Transfer them to the fridge until you're ready to use.
  • Place the two ears of corn on the grate of a gas stove. Char the corn on all sides, rotating the corn every 30 seconds or so until evenly charred. Cut the kernels off of corn, dividing the corn equally. Note: We're going to use the first half in the sauce and then fold the second half into the pasta just before serving.
  • Prepare pasta, al dente and set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, heat oil and melt butter over medium heat. Add the shallot and garlic; cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in the first half of the corn kernels, heavy cream and dry white wine. Cook and stir for an additional 5 minutes. Carefully transfer the hot sauce to a blender. Be sure to allow a bit of steam to escape so you don't have a dangerous mess on your hands. Pulse for 30 seconds to a minute, until the sauce is completely smooth.
  • Transfer the sauce back to the medium saucepan. Salt and pepper to taste. I ended up adding about 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Carefully add the clams and cover the pan immediately. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until the clams' shells have opened, discarding any clams that have refused to open (those are bad news!). Add the pasta and the remaining corn kernels, and gently toss, coating the pasta evenly with the sauce. Divide the pasta between bowls and top with any garnish you choose (all of them will work lovely!).
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  • Reply Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) August 14, 2013 at 5:27 am

    That just looks so cozy and comforting! I could have a nice big bowl now.

  • Reply Alexis August 9, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Made this last night for a mini dinner party – SO GOOD!
    The little neck clams I got at Whole Foods were huge, so I bought 2.5 lbs for four people which was only like 3 clams per person. The flavor was super good though. I’ve never cooked live clams before and your directions were so easy. Great tip about the flour, no sand or grit, score!
    I will definitely make this again.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme August 9, 2013 at 10:54 am

      YAY! Isn’t that the best tip ever. I forgot where I picked it up but I use it all the time. So glad you like it!

  • Reply Ileana August 8, 2013 at 6:39 am

    Um, just want to say I had a popsicle for breakfast. Fruit. Yogurt. These are breakfast-y things! 😉

  • Reply Jamie @lifelovelemons August 8, 2013 at 6:03 am

    Love the corn and clams! This looks interesting and different!

  • Reply Sophie August 7, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Book club, to me, is about 20 minutes book-talk (which I really will read..) and then two hours bourbon and friend/girl time. It’s a win/win/win.

    Thank you so much for a step that releases the clam grit before cooking! I usually use cornmeal but hadn’t thought of flour. I love it. Nothing worse than a perfectly cooked, sandyass clam with that lovely crunch between one’s teeth.. I wish more recipes included this step! I LOVE your attention to detail! This dish sounds amazing, and speaking of Rachael Ray, she makes a killer-good creamy corn tagliatelle dish with a cream sauce that I die for. Like the only RR dish I make! Clams? — a big step up, in my opinion 🙂

  • Reply Jayne August 5, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    I love the pairing of corn and clams. Both are sweet in such a different way.

  • Reply Sarah Crowder (punctuated. with food) August 5, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Once you go charred, you never go back. And holy hell that sauce sounds amaaaazing!

  • Reply Christina @ The Beautiful Balance August 5, 2013 at 9:39 am

    This looks SO tasty! I’m sold on any recipe that does not require me to turn my oven.

  • Reply The Junk Drunk August 5, 2013 at 8:47 am

    RE: Book club. We talk about the book that we read for the month for about 15 minutes of the two hours, but then we talk about what else we’ve read, done, watched, and liked in the past month. For example, the ins and outs of laser hair removal was a huge topic for us a few months ago.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme August 5, 2013 at 11:16 am

      Ooooo, that sounds fun. Who doesn’t want to talk about laser hair removal! I think I just like talking.

  • Reply Christin August 5, 2013 at 8:02 am

    this looks amazing! being allergic to clams is the worst thing ever. i might just make it anyway and epi pen it up. lol.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme August 5, 2013 at 11:17 am

      Oh no. No way! This pasta sauce is good enough to just eat on its own, though I’d maybe add a bit of lemon zest to it so it has a bit of acid. 🙂

  • Reply Tieghan August 5, 2013 at 6:50 am

    Oh yum! Sweet corn pasta? That sounds so good!

  • Reply Alexis @ Hummusapien August 5, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Mmmmm I love any pasta involving clams. Love those fresh flavors for summer! I’ve heard so much about Orange is the New Black but I still haven’t seen it :/ Happy Monday!

  • Reply amy @southern sweets and eats August 5, 2013 at 5:39 am

    Looks amazing! And, yes, Orange is the New Black is totally awesome and addictive. I even changed my alarm on my phone so that I wake up to the theme song since I can’t get it out of my head anyway.

  • Reply Marie @ Little Kitchie August 5, 2013 at 4:52 am

    I love corn in pasta dishes! And everything else. This sounds fabulous!

  • Reply Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe August 5, 2013 at 12:54 am

    Looks such a perfect summer pasta! Actually I’ve never tried corn into a pasta dish but recently I’ve seen lots of summer recipes involving it and I can’t wait to give it a go!

    xo, Elisa