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Seafood Spaghetti Marinara Recipe

Seafood lovers! Are you looking for a classic and simple spaghetti recipe? Look no further than our Seafood Spaghetti Marinara. Made with just a few simple ingredients, this dish is a staple in Italian cuisine and conjures up la dolce vita holidaying by the sea in a European summer!

The flavorful sauce is made with cherry tomatoes, garlic, and aromatic herbs and the addition of fresh seafood makes it that little bit more luxurious and guaranteed to impress your loved ones!

ele Tip – always try to get the freshest seafood possible for your Marinara recipe.

Recipe Substitutes

  1. Pasta: You can substitute spaghetti with any other type of pasta such as linguine, fettuccine, or penne.
  2. Tomatoes: Instead of cherry tomatoes, you can use canned whole or diced tomatoes and crush them with a fork or a potato masher.
  3. Herbs: If you don’t have dried oregano and basil on hand, you can use fresh herbs instead. Finely chop the fresh herbs and add them to the sauce at the end of cooking for a burst of fresh flavor.
  4. Seafood: For a heartier dish or if you can’t get any fresh seafood, you can add cooked meat such as ground beef or Italian sausage.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 pound (450g) spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 large punnet of cherry tomatoes, halved or 1 x 14 oz (400g) can tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound (450g) mixed seafood (such as prawns/shrimp, calamari, and mussels), cleaned and deveined
  • 1/4 cup white wine (optional)
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish (optional)


  1. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Add salt to the water, then add the spaghetti and cook according to package instructions until al dente.
  2. While the spaghetti is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until it becomes translucent (not brown), stirring occasionally, for about3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes to the onion mixture and cook for an additional minute, until fragrant.
  4. Add the tomatoes, oregano, and basil to the saucepan, stirring well to combine. If using, add the white wine to the sauce and let it simmer for minute or two.
  5. Add the mixed seafood to the saucepan and a splash of pasta water and cook for about 4-5 minutes, or until the seafood is fully cooked through and the mussels are opened (discard any that are not open).
  6. Drain the spaghetti and add it to the saucepan with the seafood marinara sauce. Toss the spaghetti with the sauce until it is fully coated.
  7. Serve hot and garnish with fresh basil leaves, if desired. Enjoy!

Want more spaghetti dishes? Click here for a simple Roasted Tomato and Garlic spaghetti and here for our Spaghetti with Clams.

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