Seafood Pasta-- It's All In the Sauce, Yo.

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I eat pasta with chopsticks.... because all my forks are in the sink.
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a menagerie of seafood. 


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You can probably tell by the stuff I mention I've been cooking that I am really craving some summer fare. I usually make my own tomato sauce from locally-grown ingredients, but it's too cold for tomatoes to grow right now, and I JUST HAD TO HAVE some seafood pasta.

Being in the Midwest (at least where I live), it's hard to get fresh, good quality seafood any time of the year. But I grew up in the Philippines where fish was a staple, and my palate just craves it all the time. So, I was lucky enough to find a bag of frozen seafood mix from my local Asian grocery store. This particular package had mussels, shrimp, scallops, squid, and baby octopi.

Xen suggested that I post the recipe I used for making this delicious dish. And trust me, it was pretty delicious. :) Though the seafood somewhat satisfied my craving, the secret is really in the sauce. When you have this down, you can add whatever kind of protein to it (or veggie), if you aren't a fan of seafood.

Laura's Quick Seafood Pasta (serves 6-8)
Ingredients:
1- 12  to 16 oz package of seafood mix or your choice of protein, cooked.
1 lb wheat spaghetti/ angel hair noodles, cooked

Sauce: (adapted from this recipe, kinda)
1/4 c olive oil
1/2 of a medium onion, diced
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
1- 28oz can San Marzano plum tomatoes (get this type of tomato. They are the gods of tomatoes)
1 lb Roma tomatoes, diced
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp rosemary
salt, pepper, red chili flakes to taste

1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot in medium heat.
2. Add onion and garlic. Saute for about 1 minute.
3. Add in can of tomatoes (with all the stewed juiciness) and the Roma tomatoes, cook for about 5 minutes on medium, and then reduce heat to med-low. Cover and simmer for 30-40 minutes.
4. Add in spices. Cook until the sauce is thickened and the tomatoes and onions look tender.
5. Mash with a potato masher.
6. Add protein and let simmer for another 10 minutes.
7. Add pasta.
8. Garnish with fresh basil (or dried, if you haven't any, like me)

et, voila. Happiness. 

23 comments:

  1. Yum - I wish I were still eating fish because this sounds so good!


    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

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  2. I'm so horrible at cooking. I just end up making the same thing over and over again. Because I am lazy and scared. Ha! I think it's also because I usually just cook for myself, since Robert is away for school. hehe.

    I keep seeing awesome recipes floating around on blogs. I really should try and get decent at cooking BEFORE he gets home, huh?

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  3. I should make my boyfriend cook this. It looks really good.
    My Heart Blogged

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  4. You just gave me an incredible craving for some pasta! It looks delish! Mine will be minus the fish cause of the meat free thing I do, but jeez that sauce sounds so good! I'm off to the grocery store!

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  5. YUM!! I'm going to try with just shrimp...I'm a bit of a whimp when it comes to seafood! lol
    Yes, the wedges are super comfy. I got mine off of eBay for about $50 less than retail! YAY ME!! Kiah

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  6. This looks really delicious!

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  7. yummm. so going to try this soon! :D
    Rosie xo

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  8. Looks delicious! Plus thanks for the fab comment, new post up :)
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  9. This looks wonderful! Thanks for the recipe.

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  10. Thank you for the recipe. I love seafood pastas! Anything w/seafood is flavorful and delish. I also love regular pastas and I have a great appreciation for quality tomato sauces. Thanks for posting your rec on the canned tomatoes :) Must try!

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  11. Oh girl, this looks good! I've never heard of the San Marzano plum tomatoes so I am going to have to check out where to get them. I am very much looking forward to trying out this recipe! It looks delicious. Mouth watering here! :)

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  12. Oh my goodness!!! You actually responded to my comment and posted this up :D Thank you for this recipe! It looks simple enough to make and looks really yummy- I am going to try this out soon, I will keep you updated when I do. I cant stop staring at that last picture.. its nowhere near lunchtime but I am already starting to feel hungry. Once again, thank you for sharing!!

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  13. Ooh well sounds delish! Hehe well I think that eating with chopsticks is kinda fun - I used to do that all the time x

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  14. OOO, missed a lot while I was gone! Sounds like a yummy recipe, must try soon. And I've been wondering about those nail polish stickers for awhile... I use my hands a lot so it wouldn't be good for me either. :)

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  15. My mouth is watering, this is not fair! I want yummy carbs and seafood NOW! :)

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  16. San Marzano tomatoes are amazing!

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  17. I did'nt know you grew up in our old country! this makes me miss the food even more...I will def try your recipe, but only when Im alone, my husband is not going to eat the seafood pasta, or I may try to ask some friends if they like and ill cook it!I love to add mussels(spelling?)! and I agree that fresh grown tomatoes is more tasty!hmmm..we are growing it too soon here!

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  18. looks good to me!

    the bf & i love going out to eat in the city. longman & eagle is super wonderful and well-priced for brunch, as is wishbone (southern food).

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  19. You are just like me, I love love loveeeeeee pasta too!! ♥♥

    And your recipe sounds so delicious!


    xoxo,
    Addie
    The Cat Hag

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  20. Yummy! I would love to hear your tomato sauce recipe too!

    xoxo Maria

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