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Seafood Spaghetti Recipe ( Spaghetti Frutti di Mare )
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Frutti di Mare Recipe

The ultimate Frutti di Mare spaghetti recipe, made with baby clams, mussels, squid and shrimp in a thick red tomato sauce.
Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Keyword seafood, spaghetti
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 646kcal
Author Florentina


  • 1 lb clams & mussels (mixed) cleaned well
  • 1 lb wild shrimp peeled
  • 1/2 lb squid tentacles
  • 1/4 c extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes + more to taste
  • 1/2 c white wine
  • 1 lemon for serving
  • 1/3 c fresh basil leaves or chopped Italian parsley
  • 3/4 lb spaghetti
  • 1 batch arrabiata tomato sauce made advance
  • sea salt to taste


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the spaghetti according to the package directions until Al Dente. Drain and reserve 1 cup of the salty pasta water.
  • Meanwhile heat up your largest skillet on medium low flame.
  • Add a lug of olive oil, the garlic and red pepper flakes. Stir quickly making sure not to burn the garlic. Add in the clams and mussels and toss them around.
  • Pour in the white wine and cover with a lid. Cook for about a minute or so until the clams start to open.
  • Add the shrimp to the skillet with clams and give it a stir. Cover and cook for another minute or so.
  • Once all the clams and mussels have opened and the shrimp is almost cooked, add the squid tentacles. Cook another 30 seconds or so until they curl up.
  • Taste for seasonings and add more sea salt if needed. ( Remember that shellfish will spit out a lot of sea water during cooking, so wait till the end to season)
  • Meanwhile warm up the sauce in a saucepan. Pour the sauce over the seafood and toss to coat well.
  • Add the cooked spaghetti pasta to the skillet with the seafood and toss to coat in the sauce. Add a little bit of the reserved pasta water if needed to stretch out the sauce.
  • Transfer your seafood spaghetti to a serving platter, drizzle with a lug of olive oil and sprinkle with the basil and parsley.
  • Serve with lemon wedges on the side.


Calories: 646kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 423mg | Sodium: 1025mg | Potassium: 463mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Vitamin C: 8.6mg | Calcium: 219mg | Iron: 4.5mg