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Simple Mediterranean-Inspired Seafood Pasta Recipe

A recent trip to Sicily, Italy influenced this seafood pasta recipe. Although Italy is the birthplace of pasta, “typical” foods of the Mediterranean do not have any borders anymore, and it is quite common to find pasta on restaurant menus in Provence and other parts of France. With easy access to fresh seafood (mussels, calamari, clams, and shrimp) from local Provencal fishmongers, Spaghetti allo Scoglio is quick to prepare.

Seafood Pasta Recipe

Spaghetti allo Scoglio 

Prepare this Mediterranean seafood pasta with the shellfish that you find (and like). We used fresh mussels, clams, shrimp and calamari with very simple seasoning.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings


  • 12 oz Dried Spaghetti
  • 4 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 1 1/2 lbs Mussels debearded and scrubbed
  • 1 1/2 lbs Clams
  • 8 Calamari Tubes with tentacles if desired
  • 1 shallot peeled and halved
  • 1/2 cup White Wine
  • 24 grape or cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 16 Large Shrimp peeled and deveined
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Parsley chopped


  • Heat a large pot of water for the pasta. Measure out the 12 ounces spaghetti
  • Scrub your shellfish to remove seaweed and grit. Discard any that are broken or already open and do not close when you handle them. Note: I generally soak the clams in some salted water for a bit giving them the chance to eject any sand.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add two tablespoons olive oil. Add the mussels and clams along with 1/4 cup water or wine, cover, and cook for 5-10 minutes until the shells open. This signals that the seafood is cooked. The shells should start to open at around 5 minutes. Remove any that have opened and place them in a large bowl. Re-cover the pan, and continue to cook, checking every couple of minutes, until all the shells have opened. NOTE: If any shells are broken or do not open, throw them away.
  • When mussels and clams are cool, remove the meat and discard the shells. Note: you may serve the mussels and clams in their shells. It is a beautiful presentation but much messier at the table!
  • Add the spaghetti to the boiling water. Cook for about 8 minutes.
  • While the spaghetti cooks, heat another 2 tablespoon oil in a large skillet until shimmering. Add the calamari and shallot (cut sides down), and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add the wine and cherry tomatoes and cook for another 3-5 minutes. Remove and discard the shallot.
  • Add the partially-cooked spaghetti to the skillet along with the reserved cooking liquid from the mussels and clams and 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Bring to a boil, cooking for a couple of minutes. Add the shrimp and the reserved mussel and clam meats. When the shrimp are just opaque, season with freshly ground pepper.
  • Divide among 4 heated pasta bowls, sprinkle with parsley and serve.


Note: Depending on which kind of clams you get, they can take longer to cook than the mussels. Keep an eye on them and remove any mussels as they open so they don’t overcook. As you remove them, place the shellfish in a bowl. When all are cooked, strain broth through a fine-mesh sieve and reserve. Set aside. 
Note: I do not add salt this dish other than the salt that naturally occurs in the seafood and the salt in the pasta water. 
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David Scott Allen

David Scott Allen

David Scott Allen is the author, photographer, and cook behind Cocoa & Lavender, a weekly food blog based in Tucson, Arizona. Passionate about travel, he especially enjoys eating traditional foods and learning local customs, whether in the United States or around the globe.

David's first trip to France took place when he was 14, and he returned as often as possible thereafter. However, it wasn't until his 50th birthday that he finally made it south to Provence. The beauty, history, charm, warmth, cuisine, and - of course - the rosé wines captured his heart. He shares his Provençal recipes here on Perfectly Provence, and his food and wine pairings monthly on the Provence WineZine.

David is a firm believer that sharing a meal with friends around the table is one of life's greatest pleasures. And if it happens to be in Provence, all the better!

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