How to Make a Quick Seafood Pasta Dish

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You can add as many types of seafood to this basic dish as you wish.
You can add as many types of seafood to this basic dish as you wish. (Image: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1940/images/1940_MEDIUM.jpg, http://www.dkimages.com/discover/previews/776/499828.JPG,http://img.foodnetwork.com/FOOD/2003/10/16/tm1b28_venetian_shrimp_scallops_e.jpg, http://www.clarkflower.com/clearance/images/noritake%208486%20colorwave%20purple%20773%20pasta%20serving%20bowl.jpg)

Seafood dishes are high in important dietary vitamins and minerals and an easy way to make dinner seem a little more special. They add color and flavor to any table. However, many seafood dishes also take much longer to prepare than traditional "meat and potatoes" dishes, which makes them hard to whip up on the spot if you have unexpected guests. In this article, we will discuss how to make a quick seafood pasta dish. This dish takes under 20 minutes to prepare.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/4 lb large shrimp, deveined
  • 1/4 lb scallops
  • 1 can of mushrooms, drained
  • Half an onion, diced
  • Hot sauce
  • Butter
  • Soy sauce
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes, drained
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Box of spaghetti
  • Large pot
  • Spoon
  • Skillet
  • Large serving bowl

Fill the pot 2/3 full with water. Do not overfill or the water will overflow while the pasta is boiling.

Set water on the stove on medium-high and let it warm to boiling. You may wish to add a little salt for flavor and to keep the water down.

Add the pasta to the pot and boil for 10 minutes. Do not break the pasta when you place it in the pot. Let it bend as it warms in the water.

Hold the pasta carefully in the water for a few seconds to allow it to become more flexible.
Hold the pasta carefully in the water for a few seconds to allow it to become more flexible.

Heat a large pat of butter in the frying pan. When the butter is runny but not hissing or bubbling, move on to the next step.

Saute the shrimp and scallops in butter for about 5 minutes. The shrimp will begin to turn pink after about five minutes, which means they are starting to cook. Stir the seafood continuously to prevent uneven cooking or scorching.

Add the mushrooms, tomatoes and onions. Continue stirring all the ingredients together. If you wish to also add more butter at this point, do so. The onions will become transparent as they cook.

Many people leave the tails on the shrimp so that they may be eaten with fingers or forks.
Many people leave the tails on the shrimp so that they may be eaten with fingers or forks.

Add butter, soy sauce and hot sauce to taste. Add these ingredients incrementally in small quantities to make sure that you do not overseason. Taste the dish periodically as you work.

Drain the spaghetti. Make sure that all of the water is drained before you move on to the next step.

Place the spaghetti in the serving bowl.If the pasta fills the bowl more than 2/3 full, hold some of it back.

A low, flat serving bowl like this one is perfect for this seafood dish.
A low, flat serving bowl like this one is perfect for this seafood dish.

Pour the seafood mix over the pasta. Do not drain the sauce, as it will season and moisten the pasta.

Sprinkle the entire dish with Parmesan cheese. You can use the cheese as garnish or as a meal component depending on your preferences.

Tips & Warnings

  • This dish is good with red or white wine.

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