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Spaghetti Frutti di Mare (Seafood Pasta)

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A very popular dish meaning ” fruits of the sea “- the ultimate spaghetti Frutti di Mare recipe, made with mussels, squid, and shrimp in a thick red tomato sauce.

  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 4 1x


Units Scale
  • 1 lb mussels cleaned well
  • 1 lb wild shrimp peeled
  • 1/2 lb squid tentacles
  • 1/2 lb baby scallops
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes + more to taste
  • 1/3 cup fresh chopped Italian parsley
  • 3/4 lb spaghetti
  • 1 batch sugo al pomodoro made in advance
  • sea salt to taste
  • Crusty bread for serving


  1. Heat a larges skillet on medium heat. Add olive oil and garlic. Stir quickly- do not to burn the garlic. Add the mussels and toss with a wooden spoon. Cook for about a minute (or until the clams start to open).
  2. Add the shrimp to the pan with the mussels and give it a stir. Cover and cook for another minute or so. The key is not to overcook the seafood. 
  3. Once all the mussels open and the shrimp is almost cooked, add the squid tentacles. Cook another minute or so until they curl up. Add the baby scallops and cook for about 1-2 minutes more. 
  4. Warm up the sugo al pomodoro sauce in a saucepan. Pour the sauce over the seafood and toss gently. Set aside.
  5. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the package directions until al dente. Drain and reserve 1 cup pasta water. Add the cooked pasta to the pan with the seafood and toss to coat in the sauce. Add a little bit of the reserved pasta water if needed. 
  • Author: Elena
  • Prep Time: 15 minuted
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Pasta
  • Cuisine: Italian