Recipe: Seafood Pasta Paella

Do you ever eat something that blows your mind & you have to have it again...soon. That was the case with this dish. The first time was on Friday night & then again the same weekend, even. Earlier in the day, on Friday, I picked up some Key West Pink Shrimp & a pound of mussels. The support for the fresh shell fish, thin spaghetti, saffron infused fish bouillon, asparagus, red peppers & lots of garlic & shallots. The makings for dinner time bliss.

Paella is traditionally made with rice, so it makes since that pasta would be a good stand-in. The traditional pasta of choice is fideo noodles from Spain, but broken up thin spaghetti works just fine.

We enjoyed this with a 2004 Protocolo Rose' & it was simply d-frikkin-lish. The wine choice was very fitting being a Spanish wine & Paella being a celebratory Spanish dish. It was a big, spicy, dry Rose' & suited the shellfish perfectly. It was also a steal at $6.99.

Seafood Pasta Paella

*this serves enough for 2 with leftovers.

Olive oil
12 ounces fideo noodles or broken up thin spaghetti (about 2"pieces)
5 cloves of garlic
1 shallot
crushed red pepper to taste
3 cups fish bouillon (or clam juice) diluted with one cup of H2O
small pinch of saffron
salt to taste
handful chopped asparagus
1/2 red pepper, diced
1 lbs. of mussels
1 pound of shrimp (peel 'em if you want...we didn't)
any other seafood you see fit

Heat the oil in a dutch oven, over medium heat. Add pasta stirring constantly until brown, about 3-5 minutes. Add garlic & red pepper, stir about 30 sec. until aromatic. Soak saffron in liquid. Add liquid & bring to a boil. Season with S & P to taste. Add veggies. Cover & cook over medium heat until pasta is barely al dente. Add H2O if necessary. Add mussels cook for 4 mins. or until all mussels are open. Add shrimp, cook until pink,m then remove from heat immediately. Sprinkle with parsley & serve with a crust piece of bread to sop up all of the juicy goodness.



  • At 9:28 AM, Blogger Maureen said…

    Your paella looks amazing! That photo looks like it should be in a cooking magazine. I'm going to be on the lookout for that rose'. Rose is the perfect summer sippin' wine.

  • At 12:00 PM, Blogger Collin C. said…


    I have gotten to where I really enjoy a good Rose...who'd of thunk it?

  • At 9:16 AM, Blogger Maureen said…

    Have you ever tried the Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare? It is a nice dry rose with a rich finish. You'll forget it's rose, with the berry structure and soft tannins. Not as great of a steal as the one you mentioned, but about $12.99/bottle. One of my favorites!

  • At 9:50 AM, Blogger Collin C. said…

    We will have to keep an eye out for it. It sounds great & $12.99 a bottle isn't bad.

  • At 10:24 AM, Blogger Jen said…

    And I'll be keeping an eye out for the Protocolo - can you tell me where you found it? Good roses are hard to come by, especially for such a great price.

  • At 10:39 AM, Blogger Collin C. said…

    In Memphis, check Buster's in the spanish section.

    Lastnight we tried a Toad Hollow Eye of the Toad Dry Pinot Noir Rose that was awesome was a lot more mellow than the Protocolo. It was full of floral notes, dry fruit & vanilla. mmmmmmm....I need a glass right now!

  • At 4:10 PM, Blogger Jen said…

    Thanks. I'll check out Busters this weekend. I typically buy most of my wines at Great Wines or Arthur's. I've seen the Toad Hollow and will pick up a bottle of it as well - sounds wonderful!


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