In a large saucepan or pasta pot bring 12 cups of water to boiling. Add pasta. Reduce heat slightly. Boil, uncovered, follow pkg. directions for cooking time.
Meanwhile, drain clams, reserving liquid. Add enough cream or milk to the liquid to make 1 3/4 cups. For the sauce, in a medium saucepan cook the onion and garlic in hot butter on medium low heat for about 5 minutes, or till onion is tender but not brown. Stir in flour, basil or oregano, and salt & pepper.
Add the cream mixture all at once. Cook and stir till thickened and bubbly. Stir in the parsley, wine and clams. Heat through. Spoon sauce over hot pasta. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve immediately. Enjoy!