Posted by: frecklesspeckles | July 4, 2008

Seafood Pasta in Olive Oil

I got this recipe from the newspaper.  The original ingredient calls for soft-shell crabs but I substituted it mixed seafood instead.  The secret ingredient?  Lots and lots of garlic! It’s quite simple to make but it’s so flavorful.. that’s why they call it “the Minimalist Recipe”. The husband loved it so much… he said he won’t order pasta in restaurants anymore. *LOL*

Seafood Pasta in Olive Oil

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, or a little more
1 whole garlic, minced finely
1/2 tsp red chili flakes or to taste
seafood of choice (I used frozen shrimp and squid… mahal kasi ang fresh kaya frozen nalang)
salt and freshly ground black pepper
500g long pasta (I used whole wheat spaghettini)
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves (I used dried)
1/2 cup chopped dried basil

1. In a skillet, warm oil, garlic and chili flakes over low heat. Do not let garlic brown. Keep heat low to medium low. Liquid in pan should barely bubble. Cover and let cook for around 15 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a large pot, bring water to a boil and salt it. Put pasta in pot and let it boil. Drain pasta when it’s barely tender (al-dente), a little short of how you’d want to eat it, reserving some cooking water.

3. When the garlic is ready, add in the seafood and let it cook over medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes.

4. Add pasta to the skillet and toss together. Add more oil if necessary.

5. Add salt, black pepper, basil and parsley. Adjust to taste.

6. When pasta is cooked perfectly, serve.

source: Toronto Star – June 7, 2008.


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  2. hello wanda! thanks for posting this! =) i tried it out twice – and wood loved it! yahoo! =D in fact, ito na naman ang luto ko tonight. hehe. i shall try your other recipes! take care! =)

  3. Hi Wanda, thanks for the recipe.. will try it! I just love to try new stuff!! will certainly check out your other recipes! Many thanks!

  4. this is the best recipes i’ve ever try…superb and craving it for more…i even try with vegestables like broccoli and carrots and it taste great too. tanx for sharing !

  5. Hi! Couldn’t find chili flakes in d supermarket. can i use spanish paprika instead?

    • Chili flakes is better, but I suppose you could substitute with a little bit of paprika. 🙂

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    • thank you Elissa! Glad to be receiving comments despite my lack of posts in the past few years 😀

  7. Hi! Can I use pure olive oil instead of the extra virgin olive oil? Thanks

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