Angel Hair Pasta with Clams, Cherry Tomatoes, and Basil

Perfect for summer! Angel hair pasta with shallots, garlic, chopped clams, cherry tomatoes, and basil

Angel Hair Pasta with Clams and Cherry Tomatoes
Elise Bauer

Hello summer gardeners, have your tomatoes come in yet? Our plants are just beginning to bear ripe tomatoes, and if I can just keep the hornworms at bay (Constant Vigilance!) we'll have a wondrous crop.

Our basil got a late start but is now happily bursting out of the raised beds, requiring daily snipping. Those two—tomatoes and basil—such perfect partners in the garden, and on the plate.

Angel Hair Pasta with Clams and Cherry Tomatoes
Elise Bauer

Here's a quick and easy, kid-pleasing angel hair pasta dish we made recently with chopped canned clams and cherry tomatoes and basil from the garden. I say "kid pleasing" because my 16-year old nephew gobbled it up and came back for more. He's sort of a big kid now, but I think that younger ones would like this too.

Angel Hair Pasta with Clams, Cherry Tomatoes, and Basil

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 2 to 3 servings

Save time by prepping the shallots, garlic, tomatoes, and basil while the water for the pasta is heating up.


  • 30 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 4 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped, divided

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 cup shallots, sliced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 (6-ounce) cans chopped clams (and their juices)

  • 8 ounces capellini or angel hair pasta

  • Salt, for the pasta water


  1. Toss cherries with salt and basil:

    Place sliced cherry tomatoes in a bowl. Toss with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 2 Tbsp of the chopped fresh basil. Set aside.

  2. Boil salted water, prep shallots and garlic:

    Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil (4 quarts of water, 2 Tbsp salt). While the water is coming to a boil, prep the shallots and garlic and start the sauce.

  3. Make tomato clam sauce:

    Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan on medium heat. Add the sliced shallots and cook until translucent, stirring often. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds more.

    Add the tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes. Add the chopped clams with their juices.

    Reduce the heat to low and let simmer at a low temperature while the pasta is cooking in the next step.

    Elise Bauer
    Elise Bauer
  4. Cook the pasta:

    Once the salted pasta water comes to a rolling boil, add pasta and cook, uncovered at high heat until al dente, no more than 2 minutes.

    Drain the pasta, reserving 1/4 cup of the pasta water. Add the 1/4 cup of pasta water to the sauce in the sauté pan.

    Elise Bauer
    Elise Bauer
  5. Combine pasta and sauce:

    Add the pasta to the cherry tomato mixture and toss to combine. Stir in the remaining 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil.

    Serve immediately.

Angel Hair Pasta with Clams and Cherry Tomatoes
Elise Bauer
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
515 Calories
21g Fat
49g Carbs
34g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 3
Amount per serving
Calories 515
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 502mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 10mg 50%
Calcium 110mg 8%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 1048mg 22%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.