Baked Seafood Pasta

Baked Seafood Pasta | Omnivore's Cookbook

I love pasta. I love anything cooked with white sauce and cheese. I also love seafood. So guess what the best combination for me is? Baked seafood pasta, of course!

This recipe was inspired by this Seafood Pasta Bake by Paula Jones. Although most of my blog posts focus on Chinese and Asian cooking, this is the kind of dish that I can never get enough of, and it’s difficult for me not to blog about it.

Baked Seafood Pasta | Omnivore's Cookbook

To speak of my early encounters with Italian food, the truth is, I didn’t have any authentic dishes at all. There was only one Italian restaurant near my home, which was called “Spaghetti House”. Like every diner that serves unfamiliar foreign food and wants to survive, it had to adapt to the local palate, dining habits and preferences. This so-called “Italian” place served grilled chicken wings, fried cheese, onion rings, and Spanish seafood paella. They did not serve risotto, stuffed pasta, such as ravioli or tortellini, fresh mozzarella, or any salad dressing made with olive oil. Sound crazy enough? The first time I went to a real Italian restaurant, almost nothing looked familiar to me.

However, there was one dish I did love from the Spaghetti House – baked seafood pasta. In this recipe, I tried to recreate the dish I loved, authentic or not. I’d say, mine tastes even better than the one in the restaurant, because it uses plenty of shrimp and squid, which make it very rich.

This dish takes some time to prepare, but if you get everything half cooked and assembled ahead of time, the cooking will be very easy. It’s especially convenient if you cook it for a lot of people or use it for a party. You could also cook a big batch and freeze the leftovers.

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Baked Seafood Pasta
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons white rum
  • 200 grams (7 ounces) peeled shrimp
  • 1 squid, cut into rings
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon chicken bouillon
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups white mushroom, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 250 grams (9 ounces) pasta
  • 1 and 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, add the shrimp, 1 teaspoon rum, slightly grated salt and pepper and mix well with a fork.
  2. In another small bowl, add the squid, the rest of the rum, slightly grated salt and pepper and mix well with a fork.
  3. In a medium sizde sauce pan, melt the butter on medium low heat, whisk in the flour and mix with a wooden spatula immediately, mixing until the flour is completely integrated with the butter. Keep stirring for another 1 or 2 minutes, pour in all the milk at one time and immediately stir with a spatula. Turn to medium heat and keep stirring, until boiling, then turn to medium low heat. Add salt, pepper, chicken bouillon, thyme and nutmeg. Simmer until the sauce turns thick, after about 5 minutes. Adjust seasoning by adding more salt and pepper. The sauce should taste a bit salty by itself.
  4. Bring a big pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  5. In a non-stick skillet, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and heat on medium high heat. When oil is warm, add garlic and stir until fragrant. Add mushrooms and stir fry until mushrooms are cooked through and juice is fully absorbed. Place mushroom on a plate and set aside.
  6. In the same skillet, heat half a tablespoon of olive oil, grill shrimp side by side, until both surfaces turn pink but the shrimp are not cooked through yet. Place shrimp on a plate and set aside.
  7. In the same skillet, heat the rest of the olive oil and add squid, stirring until the surface of the squid turns white but the squid is not yet cooked through. Place squid on a plate and set aside.
  8. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C (350 F).
  9. To assemble pasta, place a layer of pasta in a baking pan / casserole dish, add pasta and white sauce, place a layer of shrimp, squid and mushroom, then top with mozzarella. Cover the pan with aluminum foil, bake on the middle rack for 15 minutes, then uncover and bake at 200 degrees C (400F) for another 5 minutes, until the cheese turns golden.
  10. Let the pasta cool down for about 5 minutes, then serve warm with chilled sparkling wine or dry white.

The nutrition facts are calculated base 1 of the 4 servings produced by the recipe. 

Baked Seafood Pasta Nutrition Facts | Omnivore's Cookbook

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Hi I'm Maggie Zhu! Welcome to my site about modern Chinese cooking - including street food, family recipes, and restaurant dishes. I take a less labor-intensive approach while maintaining the taste and look of the dish. I am originally from Beijing, and now cook from my Austin, Texas kitchen.

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15 thoughts on “Baked Seafood Pasta

  1. [email protected] Well Floured Kitchen

    This looks wonderful! I love creamy baked anything 🙂 And the squid is a great alternative to some of the more traditional seafood. I love to find other things to do besides just fried calamari. Pinned!

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    1. Maggie Post author

      Hi Sherri, glad you like this one! Squid is one of my favorite seafood, very easy to use and tasty in various dishes. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  2. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I used to order this when I go to Western style Japanese restaurants. It’s one of my favorite food growing up too! Your baked seafood pasta looks very comforting and I definitely miss eating this. Must make soon… or order in Japan as I’m going there next week! 😀

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    1. Maggie Post author

      I love those too when I was in Japan. Sometimes I use grilled chicken or simply vegetables instead of seafood and they’re still so tasty!
      It’s great that you are going to Japan again. So many nice food there and I’m definitely missing those fat tuna sashimi. It’s difficult to get those of same quality in the rest of the world!

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  3. Lokness @ The Missing Lokness

    Oh oh! Spaghetti House! Yes! Baked pasta with cream sauce is absolutely delicious. I miss that place. I am regretting now that I didn’t went there when I was in HK a few months ago. Boo hoo! Your seafood pasta looks so amazing. I can’t wait to dig in. Definitely making it!

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    1. Maggie Post author

      Interesting, didn’t know there’s also the same chain in Hong Kong! This one is not so difficult to make and I actually prefer the homemade version. Could add more shrimps and goodies! 🙂

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  5. mary

    looks wonderful. will use all shrimp not a fan of squid. but why the rum???? could I use a rum extract and if so how much??? if not what could I sub for the rum???
    thanks for a great looking recipe.

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    1. Maggie Post author

      Hi Mary, yes, you can definitely use shrimp, and skip the squid and rum. The reason I use rum is to infuse the shrimp with a nice flavor of alcohol (like adding white wine to seafood pasta). It is also helpful to eliminate the fishy smell if the seafood is not super fresh.
      To replace the 1 teaspoons rum, you can use 1 tablespoon Japanese sake or 1 tablespoon white wine in this case. I never tried rum extract, but it should work too. You can try a small amount, like 1/2 teaspoon. The stronger the alcohol, the less amount you need to add.
      Hope this is helpful and happy cooking! 🙂

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