22 Seafood Pasta Recipes to Serve for Casual Dinners
From classics like salmon and shrimp to briny canned staples like sardines and anchovies, seafood offers so much versatility for dinnertime. You can prepare it in all the best ways—grilled, broiled, or sautéed—and then when it's added to pasta, it becomes something extra special. Our seafood pasta recipes, such as the Classic Shrimp Scampi that's pictured here, are a fabulous mix of everyday essential dishes and some extra-special recipes for entertaining.
Martha's take on Spaghetti alle Vongole starts by making a roasted-garlic butter using garlic confit, which is tossed with pasta, parsley, Parmesan, and clams, then topped with freshly sliced garlic and more cheese. Another elevated seafood pasta is Seafood Linguine, which has a little bit of everything—mussels, small clams, sea scallops, shrimp, and squid. It serves six and is well worth the effort for one showstopping meal.
When you don't have fresh seafood, use canned pantry staples like tuna packed in olive oil, anchovies, and sardines make for wonderful pasta dinners. Pasta Peperonata with Tuna and Olives is brimming with bright colors from purple olives, green basil, red peppers, and mixed cherry tomatoes. And once you dig in, you'll be blown away by the flavor that awaits.
Looking for a guaranteed winner for kids and adults alike? Make our family-friendly creamy shrimp alfredo. The recipe uses a clever technique with pasta water for the sauce so there's no need for the usual heavy cream. Fettuccine is tossed in this rich, silky sauce with sautéed shrimp and peas. Another easy recipe that looks fancy is Mafaldine with Shrimp and Lemon, a zesty and buttery dish made with what may be the most whimsical pasta shape ever.
No matter the occasion, these seafood pasta recipes will be the star of dinnertime.
Cream-Free Shrimp Alfredo
Sea Scallops Over Shallot-Herb Pasta
Pasta Peperonata with Tuna and Olives
Pasta with Shrimp and Creamy Chipotle Sauce
Pasta with Preserved Lemon and Anchovies
Martha's Spaghetti alle Vongole
Imagine that you're dining seaside in Italy, looking at the cerulean blue sea and multi-colored stucco houses. You're sipping on a fruity glass of Pinot Grigio and sharing a plate of garlicky seafood pasta. Martha's recipe for spaghetti with clams will transport you there.
A dish dressed to impress, this luscious pasta is our take on the Italian pasta linguine ai frutti di mare. It features a variety of shellfish—small clams, mussels, sea scallops, shrimp, and squid, plus plenty of aromatics such as garlic, red pepper flakes, and parsley.
Spaghetti and Shrimp Meatballs
This recipe is a sweet upgrade to an Italian classic. You can make "meatballs" without meat. Simply pulse raw shrimp in a food processor with panko breadcrumbs, Pecorino Romano cheese, basil, and scallions. Then form the mixture into balls and poach in boiling salted water until cooked through.
One-Pan Creamy Tuna Pasta
Try this contemporary take on a classic—tuna noodle casserole. It's a 25-minute wonder recipe that calls for cooking butter, short spiral pasta such as cavatappi, broth, shallots, and water together. It's finished by tossing with blanched asparagus, arugula, Parmesan, lemon, and canned tuna.
Pasta with Salmon, Broccoli Rabe, and Garlic
Orecchiette with Corn, Arugula, and Tuna
With a rainbow of tomatoes, corn the color of sunshine, and peppery arugula, this pasta dish is bursting with seasonal flavor. And it all comes together in just 30 minutes.
Mafaldine with Shrimp and Lemon
Who wouldn't want to dig into a bowl of this fun ruffled pasta with a shrimp scampi-inspired sauce? All of the flavor comes from the sauce, which includes butter, white wine, shallots, red-pepper flakes, lemon, and crème fraîche.
Salmon Noodle Casserole
This is a kid-friendly dinner that represents comfort food at its finest. Instead of the traditional tuna, we've swapped in salmon, which is rich in fatty acids and omega-3s. Combine cooked pasta with a creamy sauce, lemon zest, dill, and chopped scallions, then bake until bubbling and golden.
Spaghetti with Shrimp and Olives
Pasta with Grilled Sardines and Bitter Greens
Want to serve something different when you're having friends for dinner? Make this stunning pasta, which features bucatini, a hollow version of spaghetti that feels like an upgrade from everyday noodles. Sardines and dandelion greens make it feel totally out of the ordinary.
Spaghetti with Tuna and Caper Sauce
Garlicky Shrimp Pasta with Chiles
Spicy Clams with Spaghetti
Spaghetti with Bay Scallops, Leeks, and Tarragon
The anise-like flavor of tarragon and the freshness of lemon zest are a pleasing complement to sautéed leeks and scallops. Serve with spaghetti or any other long pasta.
Greek-Style Pasta with Shrimp
Linguine with Shrimp and White Wine
Lemony white-wine sauce is the perfect complement to sautéed shrimp. This light dinner for one is ready in just 20 minutes.