Easy Seafood Pasta Dinners
Toss together pasta, quick-cooking seafood, and simple sauces for delicious and easy pasta dinners.
Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp and Green Garlic
Light, lively green garlic and a little cream make this a perfect winter-into-spring pasta dish. The thin noodles soak up the sauce fast, so serve it immediately.
Photo: Iain Bagwell
Linguine and Clam Sauce
Traditionally made with crushed red pepper, this recipe uses fresh chiles. Serrano chiles are hot; for less heat, use Fresno chiles.
Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Clams with Pasta and Bacon
Spanish fideos--short, thin noodles--give this dish a satisfying heft. If your grocery store doesn't carry them, use angel-hair pasta instead. Serve family-style right out of the pot or in a large bowl.
Photo: Jeffery Cross; Styling: Karen Shinto
Shrimp and Broccoli Rotini
This is a great go-to pasta recipe that you can whip up in a pinch with essentially whatever you have on hand. You can try swapping the shrimp for white beans to turn the lemony seafood pasta into a vibrant vegetarian entrée.
Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford
This delicious seafood pasta features a homemade alfredo sauce and fresh shrimp, sea scallops, and crab.
Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke; Food Kellie Gerber Kelley
Shrimp, Broccoli, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes with Pasta
This top-rated shrimp-and-broccoli pasta recipe is super simple, making it perfect for busy weeknights. Dress up the meal with a glass of light pinot noir.
Photo: Beau Gustafson
Shrimp and Peas with Farfalle
Lemony breadcrumbs add a delightful crunch to this dish.
Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
Angel Hair Pasta with Mussels and Red Pepper Sauce
This simple dinner of angel hair pasta with mussels is a delicious way to enjoy fresh seafood. Sweet red peppers help balance the naturally salty mussels and the slightly acidic tomatoes.
Vietnamese-style Spicy Crab with Garlic Noodles
Top homemade garlic noodles with spicy fried crab for a Vietnamese-inspired entrée that's sure to satisfy your cravings for Asian flavor.
Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke
Shrimp and Pasta with Creamy Pesto Sauce
This shrimp and pasta recipe is laced with pesto and cream and can be prepared in just 15 minutes and with only 6 ingredients. It goes great with a glass of pinot gris.
Sweet shrimp is ideal for spicy dishes like this. If you want just a light lick of heat, use 1/4 teaspoon red pepper. If you prefer more fire, go for 1/2 teaspoon (or more).
Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower, Claire Spollen
Crab Pasta with Prosecco and Meyer Lemon Sauce
West Coast Dungeness crab and Meyer lemons, both in season now, come together deliciously in this special-occasion pasta. At A16 Rockridge, chef Rocky Maselli made it with housemade squid-ink tonnarelli; we opted for fettuccine since it's easier to find.
Photo: Ngoc Minh Ngo; Styling: Kelly All
Seared Scallops with Fresh Linguine and Romano Cheese
The key to obtaining the perfect sear on the scallops is to cook them in a very hot pan. Fresh linguine has a silky texture that provides a nice contrast to the browned crust on the scallops. Add mixed greens tossed with a balsamic vinaigrette.
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr
Steamed Clams and Tomatoes with Angel Hair Pasta
Store-bought clam juice adds great flavor to a quick pasta dish. Serve with crusty bread and a simple green salad to round out dinner.
Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro
Cajun Shrimp and Andouille Alfredo Sauce Over Pasta
Fettuccine topped with creamy and rich Cajun shrimp and Andouille alfredo sauce makes a hearty meal perfect for entertaining.