Seafood Pasta Marinara

How to Make  Seafood Pasta Marinara

Seafood pasta marinara is all about the freshest combination of your favourite seafood with sweet tomato sugo. Mine has calamari rings, prawns, mussels, and vongole all cooked to perfection. This seafood dish is paired with steaming hot fettuccine which soaks up all the juices and flavours in every single strand..meaning you get an burst of the Mediterranean with every single twirl of pasta!

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How To Make SEAFOOD PASTA MARINARA Like an Italian

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Vincenzo’s Top Tips To Make Seafood Pasta Marinara

Crush it!

Crushing the garlic allows the flavor to come out and really infuse the seafood pasta marinara.

Cook your calamari FIRST

It’s important to cook the calamari first for seafood pasta marinara, as it takes the longest!

Cook both at the same time

The sauce and pasta must be ready at the same time, so the cooked pasta doesn’t sit in a colander.

Seafood Pasta Marinara

Vincenzo's Plate
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4


  • bowl for soaking mussels and clams
  • Large saucepan + lid
  • Garlic press
  • knife
  • Cutting board
  • wooden spoon
  • Large pot (for boiling the pasta)
  • Tongs
  • Colander to drain/transfer the pasta


  • ½ kg Mussels 18oz
  • ½ kg Vongole 18oz. Clams
  • 200 grams Calamari rings 7oz
  • 200 grams Tiger prawns 7oz. Raw
  • 375 grams Fresh fettuccine 13oz
  • 300 grams Cherry tomatoes 10.5oz
  • Chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp dry chili/crushed red pepper flakes Crushed red pepper flakes. optional
  • 3 Garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp Water to keep garlic from burning
  • Salt & pepper
  • 4 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil EVOO
  • 1 bottle Tomato passata homemade if possible
  • 1 tbsp Rock salt for boiling the pasta


  • Seafood pasta marinara starts with a bowl of salted water! Put the mussels and clams in the bowl and clean them both, removing debris like seaweed and sand. You will also need to remove the “beard” from each mussel by grabbing it with your thumb and forefinger and pulling on it. You can also use a knife if it’s easier!
  • Put a large saucepan on the stove at medium heat and add four tablespoons of EVOO. Then crush the garlic cloves and add to the same pan, cooking them for one minute.
  • Next, slice the cherry tomatoes in half and keep an eye on the garlic, adding 2 tablespoons of water after a few minutes to prevent the garlic from burning.
  • Stir for 30 seconds, then add the juicy cherry tomatoes in and combine well.
  • While the tomatoes are cooking, add the calamari rings into the pan, and continue stirring. After a few minutes, press the tomatoes down, so the juice comes out.
  • Once the calamari are soft, add the prawns, vongole/clams, and mussels. Stir and cook for about two minutes with the lid on. This will create steam and ensure the seafood is cooked through.
  • Add the dry chili, parsley, salt, and pepper before stirring the seafood mixture. Place the lid on and cook for another minute until every mussel is open.
  • To make eating the seafood pasta marinara easier, take the meat out of some mussels and vongole; just leave some shells for garnish on each bowl.
  • Time to add in the passata! Add in a sprinkle of salt if needed, then stir. Cover the pan and cook for about 10 minutes.
  • Add 5L of water to a large pot, and once the water boils add one tablespoon of rock salt, and stir to dissolve. Then, add the fresh fettuccine to the salted boiling water, stirring occasionally.
  • Transfer the fettuccine over to the sauce and mix gently using tongs. Now for the best part, dishing up the seafood pasta!
  • E ora si mangia, Vincenzo’s Plate….Enjoy!


Keyword Fresh, Seafood
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How to serve Seafood Pasta Marinara

Add a few sprigs of fresh parsley for a pop of color, then serve the desired amount on a plate. 

Make sure to add plenty of tasty seafood to each serving for the best flavor. Add a sprinkle of chopped parsley and your beautiful seafood marinara is ready to eat.

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