Pasta Pescatore


When we are traveling in Italy, anytime we get close to the sea, we always head for a good local restaurant to enjoy seafood. One dish we order often and thoroughly enjoy is Pasta Pescatore, which is simply pasta topped with a mixed seafood tomato sauce. The seafood within the sauce may change depending on what is fresh that day, but generally there are at least 4 or 5 different types of seafood within the sauce. I recently visited the seafood counter at Whole Foods and asked for a good sampling of their freshest seafood so I could make this dish at home. I like to top my Pasta Pescatore with a sprinkling of gremolata, which is just a mixture of fresh garlic, parsley, and lemon peel, all minced together. I find this adds a nice zest to the dish and really brings the flavors to life. I generally serve this sauce on spaghetti, but you could use any long pasta that you prefer.

Buon Appetito!
Deborah Mele 2011

Pasta Pescatore

A mixed seafood pasta in a spicy tomato sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/3 Cup Minced Onion
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, Peeled & Minced
  • 12 Cleaned Clams
  • 1/2 Cup Dry White Wine
  • 1 1/2 Cups Seafood Stock
  • 3 Cups Pureed or Chopped Tomatoes
  • 12 Sea Scallops
  • 20 Cleaned Mussels
  • 12 Large Shrimp, Cleaned
  • 1/2 Pound Fresh Squid, Cleaned & Chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Parsley
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Pound Spaghetti Or Pasta Of Choice

Gremolata:

  • 1/3 Cup Fresh Parsley
  • Zest of One Lemon
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Peeled

Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan, heat the oil and then cook the onions until they are soft and translucent, about 4 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, and cook another couple of minutes.
  3. Add the wine and fish stock and bring to a boil, then add the clams and cook until they open.
  4. Add the tomato sauce, parsley, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat and add the remaining seafood, and cook over low heat while the pasta cooks.
  6. Cook the pasta in boiling salted water until it is “al dente“.
  7. Mince the gremolata ingredients together and set aside.
  8. Drain the pasta, top with a scoop of the tomato sauce and toss well.
  9. Serve in four individual bowls, topped with more sauce, and dividing the seafood up evenly between the four dishes.
  10. Sprinkle some gremolata on each dish and serve immediately.