pasta & recipes: seafood fra diavolo

pasta & recipes: seafood fra diavolo

On a cold winter night, when you have guests visiting, this is the perfect meal to linger around the table eating. With your family and guests seated at the table, red wine poured in their glasses, hardy Italian bread sliced and at the waiting your diners will ooh and ahh as you approach the table with a steaming hot platter of spicy, seafood fra diavolo.

Incidentally, Fra diavolo (literally “brother devil”) was the nickname given to Michele Pezza (April 7, 1771–November 11, 1806), a famous Neapolitan guerrilla leader who resisted the French occupation of Naples. Pezza’s nickname was given to him when he was a child.

pasta & recipes: seafood fra diavolo

According to local custom, when youngsters recovered from an illness they were dressed as monks for a procession in honor of St. Francis of Paola, patron saint of sick children. On one such occasion young Pezza, who was not well behaved, was called “fra diavolo”. Pezza’s early years were quite telling and the nickname suited this tough, guerrilla leader who was renowned for his diabolical ways.

pasta & recipes: seafood fra diavolo

Seafood Fra Diavolo

Ingredients

1 pound linguine (or spaghetti)
1 table spoon olive oil
1 tablespoon salt
3-4 cups marinara Sauce (see below)
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
1 dozen little neck clams*
1 dozen mussels
¾ pound uncooked, shrimp*
1 pound large scallops
1 pound cod

If you are using the clams and the mussels use ½ dozen of each. If you are using only one or the other use a full 1 dozen. If using the shrimp cut, in half, the amount of cod or scallops. We only used mussels, scallops and cod.

Directions

1. Bring a large 1-gallon pot of water to a boil, add the salt to the pot and drop in pasta. Cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain and then transfer pasta to a large bowl and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Toss to coat the pasta well, and then set aside.

2. As the pasta cooks, set a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the marinara and the crushed red pepper. Bring sauce to a low simmer, add the scallops and cod (and if using, the shrimp). When cooked, with a slotted spoon, remove to a plate to avoid over cooking. Add the mussels (and/or clams), let cook for about 5 minutes or until they open. Add the scallops and cod back into the pan. Cover and let cook for an additional 3 minutes.

3. To serve place the pasta on a large platter. Pour the seafood mixture over the pasta.
Serve immediately.

Marinara Sauce

Ingredients

4-6 tbs olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
4-5 cloves garlic, diced
6-8 leaves fresh basil, chopped
2 tbs chopped, fresh parsley
2 tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
4 large cans tomato puree
½ cup dry red wine

Directions

1. In a large pot, over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Sauté the onions until translucent. Add the garlic, basil, parsley, salt and pepper. Heat, stirring continuously, until leaves of basil wilt.

2. Add the tomato puree and the red wine. Stir thoroughly. Bring to a low boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer for at least 1 hour.

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17 comments

  • December 27, 2011 at 11:11 am //

    Nice! I like everything about this recipe, it looks amazing.

    • December 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm //

      Thank you Emma = )

  • December 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm //

    This is one of my favorite dishes to order at Italian restaurants. Looks like your version is wonderful!

    • December 28, 2011 at 3:18 pm //

      Thank you so much Kiri, any plans for New Years?

  • December 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm //

    Looks out of this world! I love seafood!

    • December 28, 2011 at 3:17 pm //

      Thank you Charissa.

  • December 28, 2011 at 2:31 am //

    My all time favorite meal is seafood fra diavalo. If I’m going for a long run the next morning, I’ll opt for frutti da mar instead but I love the heat of the diavalo.

    • December 28, 2011 at 3:17 pm //

      A long run sounds perfect, we’ve been trying to get some extra workouts in (keeping busy) to offset the calorie laden meals we’ve bee having around here. Looking forward to a New Years Cleanse.

  • December 28, 2011 at 6:34 am //

    That looks amazing! And what time is brunch? :)

    • December 28, 2011 at 3:15 pm //

      Oh.. about 2 ish = )

  • December 28, 2011 at 10:56 am //

    I want to try that marinara sauce recipe. Looks awesome!

    • December 28, 2011 at 3:12 pm //

      Thank you Betty!

  • December 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm //

    Interesting little story to preface your dish! Enjoyed it and the recipe!

    • December 28, 2011 at 3:15 pm //

      So happy you enjoyed it = )

  • December 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm //

    This looks so warm and delicious. I think I’ll make this for my BF on his birthday in a couple of weeks :) Thanks for sharing!

  • December 29, 2011 at 9:14 pm //

    I am new to this dish, but it’s an amazing looking one….would like to try it sometime…. Lovely!!!

  • December 30, 2011 at 11:45 am //

    This looks so delicious! I love seafood fra diavolo!