Authentic Italian Cooking
Italian Xmas recipes: seafood pasta
Christmas and New Year's Eve dinner parties in Italy are often fish-only menus. So we have a lot of traditional recipes to enjoy at Holiday season!
Typically the fish counter in the days immediately preceding Christmas is very rich in Italy. Eels, oysters, clams, mussels, cockles, prestigious shellfish like lobster, fine fish such as monkfish, redfish, amberjack ... are shown immersed in a sea of ice. And so often we Italians forget the fish of our seas, that is better and cheaper.
Read my proposals. You will find traditional Christmas recipes and my exclusive creations that my guests generally appreciate very much and that are well tested.
Seafood pasta recipes for your Holiday menus
Calamarata pasta has a very strange shape. It reminds paccheri. I show you my sauce to dress this kind of pasta made with squids. Without tomato, it is ideal for a full menu, Italian style.
Generally, I use typical Christmas ingredients. Lumpfish roe or real caviar (if you prefer), quail eggs, grilled red and yellow peppers ... A great pasta dish, perfect for a full fish-only menu.
This is a very simple recipe but I have to say that the simplier you cook an ingredient the better you eat because if it is of good quality, you need little else to flavor it ;))
This is one of the best pasta dish, for sure. It is very beautiful to see but it has a great problem: cleaning the lobster ;))
I like the combination crustaceans and artichokes very much. Artichokes are in season in Italy at Christmastime but you could use frozen artichokes too if you do not find them.
Typical recipe of Campania, not to be missed in your Christmas menus if you want to prepare a seafood pasta, nice to see and tasty to eat ;)) Its ingredients?
mussels, clams, scampi and crabmeat.
This is a fantastic fish pasta. It is not said that eating well at Christmas means spending a lot and choosing only lobster or caviar. With a little fantasy ... you can eat divinely. One of my best recipes!
Do you like it? very simple to do, beautiful to see and tasty. The combination of its ingredients is very important. In this case I paired marine crustaceans with river fish and their eggs.
What about salmon and potatoes? anchovies? swordfish? spinach and smoked sea bass?
They all are recipes of mine.
Few ingredients, easy to do but fantastic!
It is beautiful to see too!
But you have to make it at the last moment.
In this period of the year I use a lot of shrimps. I like them very much and think they are ideal for pasta dishes. Have you ever tested shrimps combined with cotto ham? delicious!
Salmon is a right choice for Christmas menus. This is a very simple and quick recipe to do.
You do not need a lot of ingredients for this fantastic pasta dish.
It is ideal for a full fish-only menu.
Generally, I use emmer tagliatelle for this pasta recipe. Radicchio is a healthy vegetable that belongs to purple group. In this dish smoked swordfish is not necessary. So it is a healthy dish, perfect for people who want to celebrate this way.
Dried tagliatelle, sliced smoked sturgeon, some aromatic herbs and canned tomatoes. It's very simple with a very short list of ingredients. Few ingredients that do not cover sturgeon taste. Sturgeon is a very delicate fish ... too easy to ruin its taste.
Fresh egg tagliatelle, green for the presence of spinachin the dough, prawns, lumpfish roe, grilled bell peppers and leeks. Two tastes of the garden and two tastes of the water ... fantastic!
This is another simple and quick to do dish. Two main ingredients as you can read in the name for this recipe. To be done with frozen artichokes too!