If you love pasta but you are getting fed up with the usual bolognese and carbonaras, why don’t you try this impressive seafood pasta recipe?
It is easy to make, but tastes just like something you would order from a fancy Italian restaurant. Keep reading to find out how to recreate this delicious dish.
What Do You Need?
This dish may look complicated, but the recipe is actually very simple. In fact, it can be made using only two pans – a saucepan for the pasta and a frying pan for the seafood and the sauce.
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You will need a knife and chopping board to prepare the herbs, a spoon for stirring and a pair of tongs to toss the pasta in the sauce.
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Tips And Tricks
If you want to make sure that your seafood pasta is perfect, simply follow these tips and tricks.
- Seafood – When you fry off the seafood, it is better to undercook it rather than over cook it. The seafood will have the chance to cook more in the sauce, and if you cook it for too long then it will take on a rubbery texture. Prawns take around one minute each side, and the calamari and mussel meat takes 2 to 3 minutes in total.
- Fresh Ingredients – If you want to get the best flavour then try to use fresh seafood, fresh lemon juice, fresh parsley and fresh garlic. If you do need to cut some corners, then frozen prawns will be okay as long as they are thoroughly defrosted. You could also use pre-minced garlic, and bottled lemon juice if you don’t have the fresh ingredients. Don’t use dried parsley in place of fresh parsley as it will not have the same flavour.
- Reduce The Sauce – If you rush the steps of the recipe then you will end up with sauce that is too runny or watery. You need to make sure that you reduce the sauce to let it thicken.
- Use Cooking Water – When making any pasta, always reserve a cup of the water that you’ve cooked the pasta in. When you mix everything together at the end, add some of that water. The starch in the pasta cooking water helps to loosen the sauce whilst giving it a silky texture.
- Reheating – This pasta is not suitable for reheating due to the seafood. Make sure that you only cook as much as you need at one time. Therefore, halve the recipe if you are only cooking it for two people.
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How Can You Customise This Recipe?
There are several ways that you can adapt this seafood pasta recipe.
- Pasta – Spaghetti or linguine work really well for this recipe. However, you can use whatever pasta you like best – conchiglie, farfalle, penne, rigatoni – it’s up to you!
- Seafood – This recipe uses prawns, calamari and mussels, but you can switch out any of these for seafood of your choice. You could use crab meat, or salmon flakes which will disperse into small pieces throughout the pasta. You could sear larger chunks of fish and add them just before serving. Squid heads also make a nice choice for this dish, and you can cook them alongside the calamari.
- Additional Ingredients – You can add extra ingredients if you want like a handful of spinach, or some chopped chorizo.
- Garnish – It is not traditional to add cheese to seafood pasta, but you can use some grated parmesan cheese to finish off the dish if you want to. You could also serve the pasta with a wedge of fresh lemon and a sprig of fresh parsley. If you want the dish to look fancy, add a few cooked mussels still in their shells.
- Side Dishes – If you want to make this pasta dish go further, try serving it with some lovely side dishes. Tasty garlic bread would work well, or steamed tender stem broccoli drizzled with chilli oil and a sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese.
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We hope you enjoy this seafood pasta recipe.
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