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Entertaining guests is never an easy feat.

On the one hand, you want to show off and make something that people have only seen in magazines or at restaurants and on the other, you don’t want to bite off more than you can chew and set your kitchen on fire.

This is why every time I need to entertain guests, I go for dishes with that “wow” factor that are actually very reasonable to whip up. A great way to make impressive dinners easy is to use products like the sauces from Classico where the sauce has already been pre-made and ready to go when you are. I know that sounded like a complete plug, but I would be lying if I said that having a “fancy” dinner prepared in effectively three steps wasn’t attractive.

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Classico Tomato Basil Seafood Pasta

Speaking of being attractive, this would be a FANTABULOUS idea for date night in. What better way to woo that special someone with some seafood pasta that would give many Italian restaurants a good run for their money?

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I’ve actually never seem this proportion of seafood to pasta in restaurants. Really high quality stuff!

And the best part? You made this whole dish on your own, go ahead, pat yourself on the back, I’ll wait.

Anyway, this dish is actually quite flexible with most seafood you can find. Don’t like shellfish? You can swap it out for some calamari or fish. For me, I love the briney flavour you get from shellfish and the shrimp really gives this dish a hearty protein to bite into which makes this such a satisfying meal.

Anyway, to the recipe! Here are the mise en place (things to have ready) that you should take care of before cooking.

Mise en Place

If you choose to use fresh clams and mussels, you’ll want to make sure that the shells have been well scrubbed of dirt and that they have been soaking in clean water for at least half an hour to make sure that they expel the dirt they might have inside. Of course, you can always use an assortment of frozen seafood which I find is a great option when you don’t have a long lead up time to dinner.

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Fresh clams and mussels that have been soaking for half an hour.

The shrimp should be shelled and de-veined. Again, just like the mussels and clams, you can buy the prepped shrimp frozen and just toss into the sauce when you’re ready to put the whole dish together.

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I left the tails on for mine for presentation purposes, but you can remove them.

Now for the pasta, I would suggest using one with many ridges so it can capture more of the Classico sauce in a single bite. Of course, you can always use whatever pasta shape suits your fancy. Follow the instructions on the package of your pasta bag and make sure you do not overcook it!

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Perfectly al dente rotini

This is completely optional, but it does make a difference. Finely cut (chiffonade) some fresh basil leaves. Have it ready along with some grated parmesan to finish the dish at the end. While you’re doing that, make sure to get your other spices and flavourings (i.e. garlic and shallots) prepped as well.

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Some of the key players for flavour in this dish. You don’t need to splurge on the chardonnay, any white wine will do.

Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 jar of Classico Tomato Basil sauce
  • 1 ½ lbs of pasta clams
  • 1 ½ lbs of mussels
  • 1 lb of shrimps 21/25 shelled and deveined
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese for topping (optional)
  • 1 cup of dry Chardonnay
  • 5 shallots finely diced
  • 5 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive oil + another 2 tablespoon for sautéing the seafood
  • ¾ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 5 large leaves of sweet basil – chiffonade
  • 400g of dry rotini prepared al dente

Instructions:

  • In a stock pot heat up the olive oil and add butter, shallots and ½ the garlic and stir for about 15-20 seconds on high heat. Add black pepper and the white wine and allow to come to a boil then add the clams and mussels. Cover and allow to steam for about 5 minutes then remove onto a large bowl all of the clam and mussels and reserve the ¾ cup of the liquid for the next step.
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    Fresh clams and mussels that have been soaking for half an hour.

  • In a large sauce pan add some Extra Virgin Olive oil and sauté the shrimp with the remaining garlic for about 3 minutes under high heat until cooked then add the clam and mussel juice reserved earlier followed by the entire jar of Classico Tomato Basil sauce. Turn the heat down to medium high and heat and gently mix until the sauce just begins to boil taste and add salt and pepper as desired then turn off the heat and gently stir in the pasta.
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    No respectable pasta recipe comes without a call for A LOT of garlic!

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    Beautifully de-veined shrimp hitting the hot skillet

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    Now really, how easy was that?

  • Remove the clams and mussels from the sauce and then add the pasta then mix. Place into serving dishes and then top with the Clams and mussels on the side and top with some basil chiffonade and if desired some shaved parmesan.
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    It’s beautiful, isn’t it? Ta-da! The finished Classico Tomato Basil Seafood Pasta

     

And there you go! A fancy dinner made to impress.

I hope whatever occasion you decide to make this for, that it works wonderfully and I’d love to hear what occasion do you think this dish would work best for?

Until we dine again,

-The Piquey Eater

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Classico Tomato Basil Seafood Rotini Recipe
 
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A Classico sponsored recipe using their Tomato Basil sauce mixed with some fresh seafood and rotini pasta.
Ingredients
  • 1 jar of Classico Tomato Basil sauce
  • 1 ½ lbs of pasta clams
  • 1 ½ lbs of mussels
  • 1 lb of shrimps 21/25 shelled and deveined
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese for topping (optional)
  • 1 cup of dry Chardonnay
  • 5 shallots finely diced
  • 5 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive oil + another 2 tablespoon for sautéing the seafood
  • ¾ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 5 large leaves of sweet basil – chiffonade
  • 400g of dry rotini prepared al dente
Instructions
  1. In a stock pot heat up the olive oil and add butter, shallots and ½ the garlic and stir for about 15-20 seconds on high heat. Add black pepper and the white wine and allow to come to a boil then add the clams and mussels. Cover and allow to steam for about 5 minutes then remove onto a large bowl all of the clam and mussels and reserve the ¾ cup of the liquid for the next step.
  2. In a large sauce pan add some Extra Virgin Olive oil and sauté the shrimp with the remaining garlic for about 3 minutes under high heat until cooked then add the clam and mussel juice reserved earlier followed by the entire jar of Classico Tomato Basil sauce and then turn the heat down to medium high and heat and gently mix until the sauce just begins to boil taste and add salt and pepper as desired then turn off the heat and gently stir in the pasta.
  3. Add the pasta into the sauce then mix. Place into serving dishes and then top with the Clams and mussels on the side and top with some basil chiffonade and if desired some shaved parmesan.