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Italian Seafood Pasta

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Today we have the entree for our cooking with astrology meal, Italian Seafood Pasta! Since the symbol for Cancer is a crab, seafood was my first thought for this meal. I did not set out to create an Italian meal, it just all fell together perfectly! Astrological Cancers tastes lean towards sweet & pungent. So I chose a salad with arugula, fennel and pineapple, followed by shrimp and lobster in a wine sauce. I tried to cover all of my bases.

a close up view of a plate of Italian Seafood Pasta on a white plate.

Depending on what part of the country you live in, you probably have access to more varieties of seafood than I do here in Iowa, and much better prices. This dish is so versatile, you can use whatever seafood your family likes. I have not had good luck with purchasing mussels in Iowa, so I chose to not even attempt it this time. But the possibilities are endless!

How to make Italian Seafood Pasta

Prepare the seafood. Scrub clam shells. Peel and devein shrimp. Pull lobster meat away from it’s shell. Set aside.

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add 2 garlic cloves and the shallots. Cook for 2 – 3 minutes until tender, but not brown.

Shallots, garlic and oil in a large frying pan.

Add the sun-dried tomatoes and cook for an additional minute.

Sun dried tomatoes added to the cooked garlic and shallots in a large frying pan.

Add the wine, shrimp, lobster, clams and 3 cloves of minced garlic. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover pan and cook for 7 – 8 minutes until shrimp turn pink and the clam shells open.

Raw seafood added to the frying pan with the sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and shallots.

Add the cooked, drained linguine noodles to the seafood. Salt, pepper, and optional chili flakes, stir to combine.

Cooked pasta noodles stirred into the frying pan with the seafood, tomatoes, garlic and shallots.

Serve in a large bowl or platter sprinkled with Italian parsley

A big plate of Italian Seafood Pasta.

 A look at our romantic meal.

Candlelight Dinner Cancer cookingwithcurls WM

Recipe Notes

  • Use any 2 pound combination of seafood that you like and that fits in your budget. Mussels, scallops, crab would all work as well.
  • If you do not wish to use wine in this dish, you can simply use seafood stock instead.
  • I use the small, individual bottles of wine when I cook, so I don’t waste an expensive bottle.
  • Most of the alcohol cooks out, but it does add a nice flavor and is not overpowering.

All of the recipes in this Cancer meal:

I really enjoyed this pasta. It was ready in less than 30 minutes, has really nice flavors, and works beautifully as leftovers as well!

Buon Appettito!

A large white plate with shrimp, clams and noodles in a garlic sauce.

Italian Seafood Pasta

Simple yet elegant, this Italian Seafood Pasta is perfect for a family meal or special occasion! Switch up the seafood based on what is available.
4.80 from 5 votes
Print Rate
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: seafood pasta recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 551kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

  • 1 pound linguine noodles cooked (I use Barilla)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 shallots chopped (or 1/4 cup red onion)
  • 5 cloves fresh garlic minced ((3 cloves set aside))
  • ¾ cups chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 ½ cups Pinot Grigio wine or any white wine
  • 1 pound fresh large shrimp 16 - 20ct - peeled and deveined
  • 1 pound fresh clams scrubbed clean
  • 1 fresh lobster tail or more, your choice
  • sea salt & fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped Italian parsley for garnish
  • pinch dried chili pepper flakes optional

Instructions

  • Prepare the seafood. Scrub clam shells. Peel and devein shrimp. Pull lobster meat away from it's shell. Set aside.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add 2 garlic cloves and the shallots. Cook for 2 - 3 minutes until tender, but not brown.
  • Add the sun-dried tomatoes and cook for an additional minute.
  • Add the wine, shrimp, lobster, clams and 3 cloves of minced garlic. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover pan and cook for 7 - 8 minutes until shrimp turn pink and the clam shells open.
  • Add the cooked, drained linguine noodles to the seafood. Salt, pepper, and optional chili flakes, stir to combine.
  • Serve in a large bowl or platter sprinkled with Italian parsley.

Notes

  • Use any 2 pound combination of seafood that you like and that fits in your budget.  Mussels, scallops, crab would all work as well.
  • If you do not wish to use wine in this dish, you can simply use seafood stock instead.
  • I use the small, individual bottles of wine when I cook, so I don't waste an expensive bottle.
  • Most of the alcohol cooks out, but it does add a nice flavor and is not overpowering.

Nutrition

Calories: 551kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 207mg | Sodium: 742mg | Potassium: 781mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 267IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 165mg | Iron: 4mg

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25 Comments

  1. Hi Lisa!
    I’m not sure how I “landed” here but I sure am glad I did. Saturday is my birthday which makes me a gemini on a cancer cusp. I may have to dive in and make me some Italian Seafood Pasta. (I live in PA and seafood is quite difficult to get for some reason, but, I’ll splurge!)

    Thanks so much for sharing…Off to find your Pinterest button:)

  2. I never thought to use individual bottles of wine, but thats a great idea! This looks so wonderful Lisa! All that seafood is making my mouth water!

  3. This is making my mouth water! I think I will be going to the store for some fresh seafood tomorrow. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I also wanted to let you know that this recipe has been featured on Krafty Cards etc’s Recipe Round-up #3 ~ Italian Style.
    Have a great week!
    Maria

  4. OMG, Lisa!! This looks so good. I found this post at Krafty Card’s Recipe Roundup and couldn’t help but come check it out. I would invite you to link up at Tasty Tuesdays – but it looks like you already have, thank you so much. Can’t wait to try this – you rock!!! Pinning right now, of course. 🙂

  5. Hi, this recipe looks so good and I pinned it thanks for sharing. I am following you now on bloglovin and g+. I saw it on natasha in oz.
    Julie from julieslifestyle.blogspot.com

  6. So beautiful! 🙂 I’m not going to write a novel on this entry lol. One’s enough for a day! Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! Please be sure to stop back by the party and check out some of the other links!

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