Seafood Pasta with Mussels and Calamari

and radicchio and mixed green salad

Active: 35 min | Total:

This dish will transport you to the Italian seaside. If you've never cooked with mussels or calamari, don't fear - they're incredibly easy to work with and you'll feel like a pro! Our veggie version will be featuring artichoke hearts and white beans.

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Seafood Pasta with Calamari and Mussels:

  • Calamari - 3/4 lb, sliced into rings ((It's ok to get the tentacles too))
  • Mussels - 1 lb, cleaned and debearded
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, minced
  • Shallots - 1/2 bulb, diced
  • Parsley - 1/4 bunch, chopped
  • Linguine - 1/2 lb
  • Cooking oil - 2 Tbsp
  • Anchovy paste (opt) - 1 1/2 tsp ((Can find in tubes))
  • Capers - 1 Tbsp
  • Diced tomatoes (14 oz / 397 g can) - 1 can, drained of liquid
  • White wine - 2 Tbsp ((Use a dry white like a pinot grigio or a sauvignon blanc))
  • Lemon - 1/2, juice of

Radicchio and Mixed Green Salad:

  • Garlic - 1 clove, minced
  • Shallots - 1 Tbsp, diced
  • Radicchio - 1/2 head, sliced or torn
  • Balsamic vinegar - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Brown sugar - 1 1/2 tsp
  • Cooking oil - 3 Tbsp
  • Mixed greens - 4 oz

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Reviews of this meal

This meal has 24 reviews

from Sundi for the original version
Comment: "Subbed chorizo for calamari. This made the sauce very rich and flavorful, but we probably lost the more subtle flavors of the capers, shallots, etc. Tip on reheating mussels (and similar seafood) -- separate the mussels, heat the other leftovers/sauce to VERY hot, and then stir the mussels back in -- this will warm them up without making them rubbery."
Jun 05, 2015

from Maya for the original version
Comment: "Better than I expected. Used Trader Joe's frozen seafood mix and added 2 tb of butter. Great!"
Jan 29, 2015

from Allison for the original version
Comment: "Very easy, yet tasty meal. De warding the mussels was not as hard as I thought it was going to be. I made a big batch -doubling the recipe to accommodate for more people, but wished I had more tomatoes/ sauce. I think the next time I make this I will dovle the ingredients for the sause, but use the same amount of spaghetti. Other than that the dish was a hit. The leftovers were a little dry, but I'm hoping more sauce will change that next time. "
Oct 11, 2014

from Annie for the original version
Comment: "Added chili, butter, capsicum and olives to the sauce and took out the muscles. Absolutely delicious."
Sep 13, 2014

from Allison for the vegetarian version
Comment: "Usually I am not a fan of vegetarian meals, but I opted for this since I do not care for seafood. It was delicious!"
Sep 10, 2014

from Jessica for the vegetarian version
Comment: "Added a little shredded cheese on top and our 2 year old gobbled it up!"
Sep 09, 2014

from Aishah for the original version
Comment: "I made this sort of. Due to allergies, the mussels and calamari were out, so I almost skipped this meal. Thanks to some advice from Jess, I decided to use red potatoes and andouille in place of the seafood and pasta. I'm so glad I did. It turned into a delicious meal that will be a regular in the rotation. "
Sep 05, 2014

from Jessica for the original version
Comment: "The mussels were great, but the overall pasta dish was lacking flavor to me. The salad dressing was spot on, though! That tiny little bit of brown sugar was enough to make the dressing really come alive!"
Aug 29, 2014

from Stacey for the original version
Comment: "Came together quickly and was full of flavor. Yum!"
Aug 28, 2014

from Wayne for the original version
Comment: "This was a really expensive week. Like another reviewer, I also would have appreciated some warning that the mussels and calamari need to be purchased day of. I did my grocery shopping on Sunday like a normal working person and my calamari was already spoiled by dinner time on Monday. The mussels survived but I was anxious all the way through the meal about making people sick."
Aug 27, 2014

from Kevin for the original version
Comment: "This was great. Surprised it really only took like 30 minutes."
Aug 27, 2014

from Judy for the vegetarian version
Comment: "Leftovers of this dish. Added roasted red pepper sauce from another meal and some diced roasted red peppers plus some water to add moisture. Much better than the first time around. This combination of ingredients sounded better than it tasted. The pasta mixture was dry. I didn't use the tomatoes because of hubby's dietary restriction but I added sautéed grape tomatoes to mine. I didn't buy radicchio because of the expense. I used a premixed salad that included radicchio. The vinaigrette was too sweet to blend with the artichoke/bean mixture."
Aug 27, 2014

from Amber for the original version
Comment: "Great flavors! "
Aug 26, 2014

from Sarah for the original version
Comment: "I made this with shrimp instead of mussels and calamari. I bought mussels and was planning to cook them, too. But, I didn't know that the live mussels had to be cooked right away so they went bad in the couple of days that they were in the fridge. Looking back, that was probably common sense, but it would have been nice to note this in the grocery list or recipe. Otherwise, the pasta was really tasty. "
Aug 26, 2014

from Mike for the original version
Comment: "This recipe was totally out the norm for me, but handling odd seafood was a ton of fun and it produced an amazing dinner that I'll be sure to make again. Read the reviews about the lack of sauce, I do not agree. This dish isn't meant to be your typical Italian "sauce heavy" recipe."
Aug 26, 2014

from Helen for the original version
Comment: "For my first CookSmarts meal, both my boyfriend and I were extremely impressed with how well it turned out. It is not very saucy, but still very flavorful! The squeeze of lemon at the end adds the perfect touch. I enjoyed this meal exactly the way it is! It turned out to be a restaurant-quality meal, that was very easy to do at home."
Aug 26, 2014

from Elizabeth for the vegetarian version
Comment: "Radicchio isn't my favorite."
Aug 26, 2014

from Kerri for the vegetarian version
Comment: "Ours turned out really dry."
Aug 26, 2014

from Dara for the original version
Comment: "Made it with Trader Joe's frozen seafood mix. Yum!"
Aug 26, 2014

from Meredith for the original version
Comment: "I would add more spices if I were to make it again, but it was tasty and fairly simple!"
Aug 26, 2014

from Mary Ann for the original version
Comment: "I used shrimp and scallops. It was delicious, but my timing was off. I sauce was done before the pasta because of how long the water took to boil! I'd double the sauce next time, though, because we loved it so much."
Aug 25, 2014

from Emily for the original version
Comment: "Very tasty. If the sauce had been a little more substantial it probably would have been 5 stars."
Aug 25, 2014

from Emily for the vegetarian version
Comment: "This was quick and easy! We didn't use the wine because we didn't have any, but it still turned out great (much better than we were expecting!)."
Aug 25, 2014

from Maria for the original version
Comment: "Sub shrimp for mussels. Yummy!"
Aug 24, 2014