Spaghetti with smoky tomato & seafood sauce

Spaghetti with smoky tomato & seafood sauce

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(16 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
Chilli, fennel seeds and smoked paprika add warmth and flavour to a rich tomato sauce, served with seafood in this quick pasta dish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal638
  • fat19g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs80g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre7g
  • protein35g
  • salt0.7g
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  • 4 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely sliced
  • 1½ tsp fennel seeds
    Fennel seeds

    Fennel seeds

    feh-nell seeds

    A dried seed that comes from the fennel herb, fennel seeds look like cumin seeds, only greener,…

  • 400g spaghetti
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tsp sugar



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • 400g pack frozen mixed cooked seafood, defrosted
  • small bunch parsley or basil, chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…


  1. Boil the kettle and heat the oil in a large, deep frying pan. Add the garlic, chilli and fennel seeds, and sizzle for a few mins. Pour the boiling water into a large pan and cook the pasta following pack instructions.

  2. Add the paprika, tomatoes, sugar and seasoning to the pan and simmer for 8-10 mins while the pasta cooks.

  3. Drain the pasta 1 min before the end of the cooking time, reserving a cup of the water. Add the pasta to the sauce with the seafood. Simmer for 1-2 mins, adding a splash of the reserved pasta water if it looks too thick. Toss the pasta through the sauce as it cooks. Add the herbs and black pepper, then serve.

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jaded84's picture
22nd Apr, 2020
Lovely flavoursome sauce. Used a bag of frozen prawns instead of mixed seafood. Will definitely make again.
11th Jan, 2017
I tried it with tuna and basil and it tasted like licorice... I would avoid that if you can. Tomato sauce just isn't rich enough for me and the fennel is overpowering
11th Aug, 2016
Nice spicy taste, though the fennel was a little bit overpowering. Personally prefer the 20-minute seafood pasta recipe on here
Frantic Flapjack
2nd Aug, 2016
A good midweek supper. Used tuna instead of seafood mix and turned out well.
22nd Jul, 2016
Lovely! We really enjoyed this dish and will make it again. Lots of flavour and a great dish for a summer evening with a glass of wine.
13th Apr, 2015
Gorgeous, absolutely loved it. I didn't deseed the chilli and the spiciness was just right.
11th Nov, 2014
You should always stir the sauce into spaghetti
6th Nov, 2014
Lovely sauce - nice and spicy.
Link1607's picture
17th Jun, 2020
My partner is allergic to seafood so I was wondering what sort of fish would go with this instead? He's normally very fussy with fish that isn't battered but will sometimes eat fish inside a large dish, so figured this could work
lulu_grimes's picture
21st Jun, 2020
Hi, You can use any firm fish in this, cod or hake or another firm white fish, or even salmon. Lulu
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