Italian Seafood Pasta with Mussels & Calamari


Italian Seafood Pasta with Mussels & Calamari

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!


Prep time:10 min

Cook time:30 min

Total time:40 min

Serves: 4



  • 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 – 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




  1. Calamari – Slice
  2. Mussels – Cover in cold water and then drain. If you didn’t get your mussels debearded, debeard them using the help of this article.
  3. Garlic / Shallots / Parsley – Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)



  1. Bring a saucepan of water to boil. Salt generously and add linguine. Cook until al dente, tender but not soggy. Drain.
  2. Heat a saute pan over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then garlic, shallots, anchovy paste, and capers to heated oil. Saute for ~2 minutes.
  3. Add diced tomatoes and wine, and saute for another 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Add mussels to pan. Cover with a lid and cook for ~5 minutes. Give the pan a shake before removing lid and folding in calamari. Cook for another 3 to 4 minutes, until squid is cooked through. Toss with linguine and finish with lemon juice and then season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with parsley.
  5. Enjoy your Italian seafood pasta (preferably with a glass of white wine!).
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