What’s Cooking Wednesday: Linguine with Shrimp and Mussels

Home of What's Cooking WednesdayIn going through old photos, I came across one of this dish, variations of which we make quite often in our house. Apparently I never posted it (the photo is from March 2007) so now it’s finally time to share the recipe for What’s Cooking Wednesday.

The seafood we used was frozen, so you can use this basic recipe with any combination of frozen seafood you like.

This is yet another really quick meal; don’t you just love when you start the water for the pasta before you even start preparing the sauce?

Linguine with Shrimp and Mussels

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 small cloves garlic
  • 5-6 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 package of frozen shrimp and mussels (or seafood of your choice)
  • 1 small glass of white wine (or water)
  • Salt
  • Bunch of parsley, chopped
  • Linguine for two people

1. Put the water for the pasta on to boil, and prepare pasta when water is ready.

2. In a saucepan, heat oil and then add garlic, letting it cook for about a minute or so. Don’t brown.

3. Cut tomatoes in half and add to pan, sprinkling a little salt over them; let them cook for two to three mintues.

4. Add frozen seafood and half the parsley, and let cook for another 2-3 minutes.

5. Add wine (or water).

6. When the liquid is reduced by about half, adjust for salt.

7. Toss well with linguine and serve with a sprinkling of fresh parsley.

Buon appetito!

23 Beans of Wisdom to “What’s Cooking Wednesday: Linguine with Shrimp and Mussels”
  1. 02.25.2009

    That looks so delicious and also so easy to make. Thanks for posting it. I am definitely going to have to try this one.

    girasoli’s last blog post..the Sanctuary of the Madonna of San Luca ~ Bologna

    I bet you get great seafood too 🙂

  2. 02.25.2009

    Hi Michelle,
    I’m planning what to grow in my orto this summer and was wondering if there is a special or heirloom varieties of tomatoes (or anything else) P likes to plant in his garden?

    P.S. Would love another photo post of P’s garden!

    Actually we can’t do tomatoes in our garden (I know, tragic) because we don’t get enough sunlight, but we really just plant whatever is around…usually people give us small starters so that helps the decision-making! The only thing that’s been a constant, I think, is hot peppers 🙂

  3. 02.25.2009

    Delicious, scrumptious, and utterly mouth watering recipe, yet it seems so simple to make.

    Elra’s last blog post..Croque Madame, Grilled Ham And Cheese With Fried Egg And Creamy Mornay Sauce

    Glad you enjoyed, Elra!

  4. Yum!

    Here’s a dish that takes less than 30 minutes and is actually good. Rachel Ray should read your blog.

    nyc/caribbean ragazza’s last blog post..I can’t believe this “advice book” has been translated into Italian.

    Hah, are you saying this is yummo? 😉

  5. Gil

    Sounds a lot better than good old linguine with clam sauce! Strange to see mussels served without their shells. Definitely sounds like something to try.

    Mmm I love linguine with clams too, but only in white. Go figure. We hardly ever have mussels in their shells in my house…as Joanne, I just don’t get to the fish market very often.

  6. 02.25.2009

    Two of my favourite foods on one of my favourite sites. (I could eat linguine and seafood until the cows come home – and yours looks scrumptious.)

    casalba’s last blog post..Boiled Beef & Carrots

    Aw thanks! And I’m with you…I don’t think I could ever get sick of pasta and seafood….

  7. joanne at frutto della passione

    I used frozen seafood often, mostly because I rarely have the chance to get to the fish market (a dear friend of mine works in a supermarket and has told me to stay away from the fresh fish unless I get there before 10 am on a Saturday morning – which is their delivery day) and also because I have never really learned the tricks of buying fresh fish (what to look for etc.) Lots of people have given me advice, but I still don’t trust myself. Oh and it doesn’t hurt that frozen seafood is usually already cleaned!! Having said all this, I love the flavours and simplicity of this dish and I can imagine having it with a cold glass of wine in the company of my two favourite men 😉

    joanne at frutto della passione’s last blog post..Fritole ricche from Veneto

    Same here, Joanne; I’m really not “schooled” in buying fresh seafood, and I don’t get a chance to do it very often…the frozen stuff here is *so* good though, and, as you mentioned, CLEANED, so I love it 🙂

  8. 02.25.2009

    Oh…yum! Thanks for the idea for lunch today!

    saretta’s last blog post..To the Sea

    Buon appetito!

  9. Scicchi

    This will definitely be made in the next few days. Amazing how you could almost taste it just by looking at the picture and reading your recipe.

    Thanks Michelle!

    Hope you enjoy!

  10. 02.25.2009

    This is one of my landlady’s favorite recipes to make when she is making everyone a BIG family lunch. I LOVE this dish, especially made with the piccadilly tomatoes grown around here in Napoli. I have to say, its my favorite as well….

    Dominique’s last blog post..

    I use piccadilly tomatoes often as well…yum!

  11. 02.25.2009

    I’m am so hungry!!

    Bluestocking’s last blog post..Life is Stranger than Fiction 4: So happy together

    Mangia mangia!

  12. 02.25.2009

    This looks so delicious I can hardly stand it! I saw something similar over at Kafolafagus (probably misspelling Peter’s blog), and I was drooling then, too. Wonderful WCW entry!

    jen of a2eatwrite’s last blog post..What’s Cooking Wednesday: Blogger Aid Cookbook Recipe – You Decide!

    So glad you enjoyed, Jen! I love Peter’s blog too 🙂

  13. 02.25.2009

    WOW! Does that ever look yummy to me. Unfortunately, it will never grace the table here cause my SIL and daughter, Mandy, don’t like mussels, clams, scallops and the like. Mandy likes shrimp but her husband will only eat that if it is fried. I made clam linguine (which my son and older daughter and I love) one night for supper and my son-in-law ate it but really, just picked at it and was eating it just to be polite. (This was before I knew he didn’t like seafood of that type at all.) So I haven’t made it again since then. And gosh, I miss it!

    So sad, Jeni…you’ll have to kick them all out one night and make this 🙂

  14. 02.25.2009

    My all time favourite…love seafood, love Pasta…Thanks for posting this delicious recipe 🙂

    anne’s last blog post..My little taste of Italy…

    My pleasure Anne!

  15. 02.25.2009

    Sadly, I don’t eat seafood, but this type of recipe is for me what Italian cooking is all about. Put the water up first. Best meals are made in pasta-cooking time!!!! I make a lot of pasta with veg that way (broccoli, asparagus, or, literally, what have you).

    anna l’americana’s last blog post..Visigoths with cannonballs….

    Exactly. I seriously love any pasta dish that is done by the time the pasta is al dente.

  16. 02.25.2009

    I love pasta mixed with seafood. This looks so yummy!

    The Food Hunter’s last blog post..My PPN Entree…Penne with Sunday Pork Ragu

    And now I’m eying up your pork ragù…mmmmm 🙂

  17. Lola

    Brava! Lovely linguine and tasty too.

    Mangia Lola!

  18. 02.26.2009

    You needn’t stick with shrimp and mussels if you don’t want. I make a dish similar to this with clams and/or smoked salmon.

    Spot Cool Websites’s last blog post..5 Cool Photoblogs

    Indeed, as I stated in the post 🙂

  19. 02.26.2009

    This sounds amazing; can’t wait to start cooking regularly. Do you ever throw a dash of crushed red pepper in with this for some kick?

    Kim’s last blog post..Are You Cluttered

    You know, we rarely add peperoncino with seafood, although with fish we almost always do…huh.

  20. 02.27.2009

    Wow…that looks delicious! And I’m with Kim, I bet crushed red pepper flakes would be awesome on this dish!

    Lulu’s last blog post..They tried to make me go to rehab, but I said no, no, no!

    It’s such a great dish, Lulu…we’re having calamari tonight 🙂

  21. 02.28.2009

    Oh that looks delicious. I wish I could make it here!

    Shan’s last blog post..thankful thursday

    Someday you’ll enjoy it somewhere Shan 😉

  22. 09.06.2010

    Lovely post. It is nice to see that you tossed the sauce, coating the pasta. We always enjoy quick and flavorful recipes.
    Thank you

    Thank you for the kind words 🙂

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