Traditional Christmas eve in Italy combines pasta with seafood. My friend, Annabel Cohen, is forever wowing me with the recipes she comes up with. I wanted to quickly share her recipe and story, just in case it could help people plan out their holiday menu. (as written by Annabel)
I’ve been on a fruti di mare kick for more than a month now. Just thinking about it makes me want black mussels, tiny sweet clams and big, barely cooked shrimp and a spicy red sauce, over pasta of course. Here’s the thing. I’m very impatient. Not a self-deprecation, it’s just the way it is. That means I don’t want to wait. So, while I cook faster than the average bear, I still want it nearly now. Okay, now. Lucky for me, shellfish loves hasty schedule, cooking to perfection within minutes. A good sauce takes a bit longer and pasta a whole 15 minutes, including bringing water to a boil. I came up with this expeditious recipe that uses some of my favorite prepared ingredients. I stop on my way home and buy fresh shellfish. I fill up a pot with cold water and start boiling. By the time my pasta is aldente, my fruit di mare is perfection and I’m whirling like a Dervish. Here’s my speedy recipe.
Fruti di Mare Al Dente
2 cups Monique’s Marvelous Marinara Sauce
1 cup white wine
Salt and pepper to taste
12 black mussels
12 large (12-15 size) shrimp, shelled (tail intact) anddeveined
4 large scallops, halved
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
12 ounces Al Dente Egg Linguine
Combine sauce and wine in a Dutch oven or large deep skillet over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer. When the pasta water has come to a boil, cook Al Dente pasta according to package directions (for just 3 minutes) until just al dente. When the pasta hits the water, add the mussels and clams to the sauce. Cover with a lid. Drain the pasta, but do not rinse. Add the shrimp, scallops and parsley to the sauce and raise heat on the sauce and bring to a boil. Cook for 1 minute. Adjust salt and pepper to taste and serve the pasta with the sauce over. Makes 4 dinner servings or 8 appetizer servings.