My old roommate in San Francisco A taught me how to make pasta.
She made killer mash potatoes (from scratch!) and great pasta. While we didn’t indulge in seafood-loaded pasta like this back then, her pasta was always delectable–with really simple ingredients such as unpeeled straw mushrooms, chicken or shrimp. It was a very humble, easy, and practical dish. It was great for our budgets, especially during the dot bomb days…
If A were to read this post today, I am sure she would be amazed by my newly acquired cooking skill.
I have since perfected my Italian pasta, plus I have upgraded the toppings to all our favorite fruits de la mer. I suspect she would ask for a second helping. *wink*
To make it an ultra luxury dish, I got some fresh Florida rock shrimp. Both crunchy and succulent, Florida rock shrimp is worth every buck I spent.
(They were priced at $19.95 per pound.) Throw in some calamari rings, scallops, shrimp, mussels, cherry tomatoes, and freshly-plucked sweet basil leaves, you have a 5-star dish that you can make anytime to impress yourself, or your guests.
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Recipe: Angel Hair Pasta with Seafood
Angel Hair Pasta with Seafood Recipe - Florida rock shrimp, calamari rings, scallops, shrimp, mussels, cherry tomatoes, and freshly-plucked sweet basil leaves. | rasamalaysia.com
- 2/3 pack angel hair pasta 12 oz pack
- 1/2 bottle 10 oz. pasta sauce
- 4 oz. rock shrimp
- 1/2 lb mussels
- 6 shrimp
- 2 calamari cut into rings
- Italian sweet basil
- 8 cherry tomatoes cut into halves
- 3 gloves garlic finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce or salt to taste
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Dried parsley flakes
Bring water to boil in a pot and add in the mussels. As soon as all mussels are open, transfer the pot to the sink and drain the water. Rinse the mussels with cold water to get rid of foams. Set aside the mussels.
Bring water to boil in a pot. Cook the angel hair pasta according to the instructions on the package.
While boiling the pasta, heat up a deep saute pan with some olive oil.
Saute the garlic for 30 seconds.
Add in all seafood except the mussels.
Once the seafood are cooked, add in the mussels and cover the saute pan for about a minute.
Add in oyster sauce (or salt to taste). Lower the heat to low.
Drain the cooked angel hair pasta and divide them equally into 3-4 servings.
Dish out the pasta sauce and pour it on top of the angel hair pasta.
Garnish with cherry tomatoes, sweet basil leaves, and spinkle some dried parsley flakes on the dish. Serve immediately.
I used Prego brand traditional pasta sauce for this dish. See my new napkin? Isn't it cute? $2.00 each at Target!