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Seafood Spaghetti with Mussels and Prawns

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You can make this as varied as you like. Many restaurants in Brazil make their stews with cuttlefish, local species of crab, crayfish, langoustes and other assorted fish and shellfish. You can’t go wrong.

Active Time: 50 mins | Total Time: 1hr 35mins | Serves: 8


  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • ¾ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cans (+-800g) of whole peeled tomatoes
  • Kosher salt
  • 450g spaghetti/pasta (fresh if possible)
  • 900g half or full shell mussels
  • 800g Medium Easy Peel Prawns peeled – you could also use large
  • Argentinian prawns peeled & deveined
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon wedges (for serving)

Short Instructions

Step 1
Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Cook onion, stirring occasionally, until golden and softened, 8–10 minutes. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and season with salt. Cook, stirring often, until fragrant and garlic is softened, about 2 minutes.

Step 2
Add tomato paste and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly darkened in colour and starts sticking to bottom of pan, about 4 minutes. Add wine and cook, stirring often, until the smell of the alcohol is almost completely gone, about 4 minutes.

Step 3
Add tomatoes and juices, crushing with your hands, and increase heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring often, until sauce thickens slightly, 8–10 minutes. Taste and season sauce with salt

Step 4
Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until very al dente, about 3 minutes less than package directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta cooking liquid.

Step 5
Add mussels, prawns, and ¼ cup pasta cooking liquid to sauce. Cover and cook, shaking pot occasionally, about 4 minutes. Using tongs, pick out the prawns and mussels and transfer to a large bowl. Loosely cover with foil to keep warm.

Step 6

Add pasta and another ¼ cup pasta cooking liquid to sauce and stir to coat. Reduce heat to medium, add butter, and continue to cook, stirring and adding more pasta cooking liquid as needed, until sauce coats pasta, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat, return prawns and mussels to the pot, and carefully toss to combine. Mix in parsley and lemon juice.

Step 7
Transfer pasta to a platter and serve with lemon wedges for squeezing over.

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