Pasta ai frutti di mare is an Italian dish, typically translated as 'pasta with seafood'. The literal translation of frutti di mare is actually 'fruits of the sea' referring to the shellfish and other seafood that characterize this dish.
There are many interpretations of the frutti di mare recipe, both across Italy and the world! The most common frutti di mare recipes will use spaghetti as a base, but linguine is often used as well.
The seafood used in pasta ai frutti di mare varies, but the key is to use a variety of seafood, utilizing lots of different 'fruits of the sea'. Our best frutti di mare recipe uses two packs of the PanaPesca Seafood Mix, so you benefit from both the generous amount and the variation of seafood in the dish. This seafood mix contains a premium quality combination of squid, hardshell clams, blue mussels, clam meat, mussel meat, and shrimp, which means every mouthful of this frutti di mare recipe will be different! Try our pasta ai frutti di mare recipe below.
Yield: 3-4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
- 2 packs PanaPesca Seafood Mix
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 16 oz marinara sauce
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 3 tbsp basil, chopped
- 12 oz cooked pasta
How to Make Pasta ai Frutti di Mare
- In a large pot, boil water to cook the pasta. Follow the directions on the packaging to cook the pasta.
- Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
- Cook the onions and garlic, stirring until the onions are translucent and the garlic has browned but not burned, about 6 minutes.
- Add the wine and the frozen seafood mix, increase heat to medium-high and cook the seafood for approximately 7 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- At this point all the mussels and clams should open. If they have not, use a spoon or fork to tap the top of the shells. If they still do not open, but there is a slit large enough to fit a fork inside their shell, go ahead and pry the shell open. If they are sealed shut, discard the clam or mussel.
- Remove the seafood from heat and stir in basil and red pepper flakes.
- Over low heat, add the marinara sauce to the cooked pasta.
- Add the seafood to the pasta and stir to combine.
- Season with salt and pepper and serve.
If you love this pasta ai frutti di mare recipe, try our clam pasta with basil or linguine and clams for more great tasting seafood pasta! To see the full list of variety seafood packs we have available, check out our mixes and medleys.