The easiest Seafood Fresh Pasta recipe, made with clams, mussels, squid and shrimp in a creamy and rich tomato sauce. A quick and delicious dinner that you can whip up in less than 20 mins!
This fancy-looking Italian-style pasta recipe is one of the easiest, most impressive meals you can have on the table in less than 20 mins.
For this Quick Seafood Fresh Pasta, I’ve used very simple ingredients: Italian fresh pasta (I used fresh spaghetti), a mix of seafood (squid, mussels, clams and shrimps), a small red onion, a handful of cherry tomatoes and lemon zest. Other than that, you’ll just need some basics such as good-quality extra-virgin olive oil and aromatic herb.
Making this super tasty pasta couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is saute’ the seafood sauce, cook the pasta for a couple of minutes, and mix it with the sauce. There you go, an awesome fancy-looking meal ready in less than a blink!
Choosing the right ingredients, as regular readers will know, is important for me just as much as cooking them.
As a proud Italian, I make my own fresh pasta whenever I can, but you know how busy life is, so don’t feel bad if you use store-bought fresh pasta, or regular pasta. Just make sure to choose high-quality pasta, that’s the key for a great meal.When it comes to seafood and fish, whilst fresh and local products are always a first choice whenever I have the chance, personally going frozen can be a better option for so many reasons.
First of all increasing use of frozen food helps reduce food waste, benefiting the family budget and the environment. Not only, I firmly believe that keeping healthier options in the freezer, such as fruit, vegetables, lean meat and fish, can be a BIG help into choosing a more balanced and nutritious diet (and save some money at the same time). Talking about nutritional value, modern freezing methods lock in valuable nutrients while retaining the quality and taste you would expect from fresh products.
If that’s not enough, using frozen food can be a massive help in terms of meal planning when you have a busy life. Frozen food often involves no chopping or peeling, which saves a great deal of time in the kitchen, plus the added benefit of cutting down on food waste, because you use only what you need and conveniently store back the rest in the freezer.Being a big fan of frozen food, when Iceland asked me to partner together on the #PowerofFrozen campaign, I immediately jumped on board. I regularly stock up the freezer with their high-quality products, so for me it was an easy task to come up with a recipe using my favorite Iceland frutti di mare mix, which is made in Italy with the freshest ingredients possible, and with no nasty additives added.Let’s go back to this awesome fresh pasta recipe for a moment. I really love how easy and simple it is to put together, it’s on of those meals that makes dinner time a breeze.
Finally, I often like to serve it family-style directly from the pot, and pair it with a good Italian wine, especially if I have guests coming over- It’s sure to be a success!No need to catch a flight to Italy, when you can make this super Quick Seafood Fresh Pasta at home wherever and whenever you are!
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- 400gr fresh long pasta or regular spaghetti (I've used fresh spaghetti)
- 1 small red onion, finely chopped
- handful of cherry tomatoes, halved
- 450gr frozen or fresh seafood mix (I've used Iceland Frutti di Mare mix)
- 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- zest of half lemon
- handful fresh parsley, finely chopped
- handful fresh basil, finely chopped
- sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
- Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
- In the meantime, heat a large pan with the olive oil, over medium heat.
- Add in onion and tomatoes and cook, stirring often, for about 5 mins. Season to taste.
- Fold in the seafood mix and continue to cook for a further 5-6 mins, or until the seafood are cooked through.Season with salt and pepper to taste
- When the water boils, drop the pasta in and cook al dente, about 2-3 mins if using fresh pasta.
- Transfer the pasta into the pot with the seafood sauce and stir all ingredients together. Sprinkle with lemon zest, freshly chopped basil and parsley on top, and drizzle with a little bit of extra olive oil if you like. Serve immediately, family-style directly from the pot.