1Heat water, salt and reserved clam liquid to boiling in 4-quart Dutch oven. Add linguine. Boil uncovered 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, just until tender; drain. Return to Dutch oven; toss with 2 tablespoons of the butter.
2Heat remaining 2 tablespoons butter in 2-quart saucepan. Stir in parsley, basil, thyme, pepper, garlic and clams. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until clams are heated through. Stir in whipping cream and wine; heat through, stirring occasionally.
3Pour clam sauce over linguine; add cheese. Toss until evenly coated.