Special seafood & saffron pasta

Special seafood & saffron pasta

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 25 mins

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Serves 2
Mussels, scallops and king prawns make this shellfish supper for two a real treat - it works just as well with spaghetti or linguini

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal758
  • fat32g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs64g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre3g
  • protein43g
  • salt1g
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  • 3 firm tomatoes



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 200g fusilli lunghi or another long, thin pasta shape
  • 2 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…

  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 100g king prawn, deveined
  • 100g scallop, halved if very large


    Skol-ips, Skal-ips

    This is the bi-valve shellfish with a flat, fanned bottom shell and domed fan shaped upper shell…

  • 300g mussel, shells cleaned



    Once regarded as the poor relation of the shellfish family because of their small size and…

  • 150ml white wine
  • good pinch saffron, mixed with 3 tbsp hot water



    The stigma of a type of crocus, saffron threads have a pungent and distinctive aroma and flavour…

  • zest 1 lemon, plus juice ½



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 4 tbsp single cream
  • small pack parsley, chopped



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

  • 2 tbsp pine nuts, toased


  1. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and have a bowl of cold water to hand. Cut a small cross in the base of each tomato and add to the hot water, then after 15 secs, scoop out with a slotted spoon (but keep the water boiling for the pasta) and plunge into the cold water. Leave the tomatoes to cool for 30 secs, then remove. Use a small sharp knife to peel away the skin, starting at the base where you made the cross. Cut each tomato into quarters then cut out and discard the seeds and any membrane. Cut into small dice, then set aside.

  2. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook for 2 mins less than it says on the pack. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large frying pan (you’ll need to use one with a lid) and add the garlic, sizzle for 2 mins until just starting to turn golden, then push to one side of the pan. Increase the heat and add the prawns and scallops, fry for 1-2 mins until the prawns are pink and the scallops are just turning golden, then scoop out of the pan and set aside on a plate. Add the mussels, white wine, saffron (with its soaking liquid) and some seasoning. Cover the pan with a lid and leave to steam for 3 mins until the mussels open (discard any which stay closed).

  3. Add the lemon zest and juice and the cream to the sauce and check the seasoning. Drain the pasta and add this too, along with the prawns, scallops and diced tomato. Toss everything together, and bubble for another 2 mins, or until the pasta has absorbed some of the sauce and is cooked through. Scatter with parsley and pine nuts and give everything a final toss together.

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Tomayto Tomato
2nd Jan, 2017
The sauce did taste awful. Will not be cooking again.
13th Sep, 2014
We really enjoyed this recipe. Not sure where and when you should add the shallot as stated in the ingredients as they were not mentioned in the method. I used pre-cooked prawns and microwaved the mussels adjusting the cook times accordingly. I will be cooking again real soon.
Frantic Flapjack
1st Apr, 2014
The sauce for this recipe tasted vile! I don't know what went wrong. Maybe it was me but take care if you are attempting this recipe as the ingredients are far too expensive to ruin.
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