This seafood pasta recipe uses a traditional red sauce, red bell pepper and the option to add artichoke hearts.
A restaurant owner once told me that pasta was one of the most profitable items on a restaurant’s menu. This because it costs them cents to make, and they can charge at least $7 for a plate of plain pasta. Add seafood, and you could be paying as much as $25, depending on the restaurant. Being that seafood pasta was the one thing I liked to order every time I went to an Italian restaurant, I learned to make it for myself and have it at home about once a week.
For this seafood pasta recipe, I am using squid, octopus and shrimp. You can substitute them for any seafood you like. Scallops and cubed salmon also work well for this dish.
- 1 lb. angel hair pasta (or pasta of your choice)
- ½ lb. raw shrimp
- ½ lb. baby octopus
- ½ lb. squid
- ½ sweet white onion
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 cup of drained and cooked artichoke hearts
- 6 garlic cloves (approx. 1 table spoon crushed)
- 2 teaspoons of salt - one for the pasta and one for the seafood
- 16-20 oz. of marinara sauce (or pasta sauce of your choice)
- 1 tablespoon of cooking oil
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- Crush the garlic and slice thinly. If you are using store-bought crushed garlic, skip this step).
- Julienne the bell pepper and chop the onion.
- Clean and cut the seafood - use link to short video above to learn how to prepare the baby octopus for cooking.
- In a big frying pan or sauce pan, add the oil and allow it to warm up on medium high.
- Add the garlic and the onions. Stir.
- When the onions become transparent, add the seafood. Stir.
- Meanwhile, fill a big sauce pan with ⅔ of hot water and place on the stove on high.
- Go back to the seafood, stirring once more. Add one teaspoon of salt and stir.
- Add the pasta sauce, the bell peppers and the artichoke hearts.
- Allow to simmer on medium fire, covered.
- Check the hot water for the pasta and add the pasta and one teaspoon of salt once it starts boiling.
- Set a timer for however long your pasta takes to cook. Usually 8-10 minutes.
- When timer goes off, drain your pasta and add cold running water to stop it from sticking and overcooking.
- Stir the sauce and turn off. Serve over pasta.