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Spaghetti Frutti di Mare

The beauty of this pasta is variety-use whatever fresh seafood you like

Prep Time: prep 25 mins

Cooking Time: cook 10 mins

Serves: makes 4-6 servings


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 1 / 2 tsp crushed hot red pepper
  • 1lb ( 450g) mussels, scrubbed
  • 1 / 4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 / 2 lemon, sliced
  • 12 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1lb ( 450g) baby squid, cleaned, tubes sliced into rings
  • 3 tbsp chopped parsley
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the spaghetti and cook according to the package instructions until al dente.
  2. While the water is coming to a boil, prepare the sauce. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes, or until softened. Add the crushed tomatoes and hot pepper. Simmer for 1 minute. Keep warm.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the mussels, wine, and lemon in a large saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook for 3-4 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally, until the mussels have opened. Transfer the seafood to a bowl, discarding any unopened shells. Strain the liquid through a fine sieve into the tomato sauce, discarding the lemons. Reserve a few mussels in their shells for garnish and remove the flesh from the remaining shells.
  4. Simmer the sauce for 2-3 minutes, or until slightly reduced. Add the shrimp and squid to the sauce and simmer for 2 minutes, stirring, until just opaque. Add the reserved mussels to the sauce, stir in the parsley, and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Drain the pasta thoroughly and return to the pan. Add the seafood sauce and toss. Transfer to deep bowls, topping each portion with a few mussels, and serve hot.
  • prep 25 mins; cook 10 mins

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Excerpted from The Illustrated Kitchen Bible.
Copyright © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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