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seafood marinara over pasta in a white bowl
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5 from 24 votes

Seafood Marinara

Treat yourself to my restaurant-style Seafood Marinara. Why go out to dinner when you can cook like a chef in your own kitchen with my easy to make recipes and Chef Tips and Tricks.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Italian, Italian - American
Keyword: pasta seafood, seafood marinara, seafood red sauce
Servings: 2
Calories: 863kcal
Author: Chef Dennis Littley


  • 12 mussels thoroughly rinsed and cleaned
  • 12 littleneck clams thoroughly rinsed
  • 8 large shrimp peeled and deveined ( I used 16-20 count)
  • 8 ounces crabmeat lump or claw
  • 16 ounces marinara see my recipe for homemade sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic fine chop
  • 1 tablespoon basil fine chop
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon parsley fine chop for garnish
  • 12 ounces ligunine or your choice of pasta


  • Wash the clams and mussels removing any that are open and won't close when you tap them. I usually rinse the clams and mussels in cold running water, changing the water 3 - 4 times.
    **Open mussels and clams are dead and should never be eaten.
  • Add 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil to a large saute pan over high heat. You need a lid for the pan or pot. Next add the chopped garlic, basil and crushed red pepper flakes.
    Saute the seasonings for 1 minute or until garlic is fragrant. Don't burn the garlic!
  • Add the mussels, clams and shrimp to the pan. Cover and steam the seafood for 8-10 minutes or until the clams and mussels have opened.
  • **Start cooking your pasta close to the time you start to cook the seafood. You've got 10-12 minutes to go at this point in the dish.
  • Add the marinara sauce, and crabmeat to the steamed seafood and mix gently. Reseason the dish to your tastes.
    **In my restaurant days, making this dish one at a time for my guests, I would reseason it with granulated garlic, granulated onion and black pepper.
  • Add chopped parsley or basil and the Seafood Marinara is ready to be served over the pasta of your choice.
  • Place a portion of pasta in a bowl and divide the seafood among them. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and enjoy!
    Serve with grated Romano cheese and crusty bread.


Calories: 863kcal | Carbohydrates: 143g | Protein: 59g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 2554mg | Potassium: 1537mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 1252IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 170mg | Iron: 8mg