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What Are the Best Tips for Making Seafood Pasta?

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  • Written By: B. Miller
  • Edited By: Andrew Jones
  • Last Modified Date: 21 September 2017
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Seafood pasta is a delicious meal that can be made in many different combinations. Shrimp, lobster, and crab are some of the most common additions to seafood pasta, though many different types of fish or shellfish could be used. It is common to include some vegetables with the pasta as well, such as stir-friend peppers or broccoli, for example. Many different types of pastas and sauces can also be used to customize the dish to different tastes. One of the best tips to remember when making any type of dish involving meat or seafood is to use proper kitchen hygiene practices, and take care not to cross contaminate any ingredients.

When making seafood pasta, it is important to remember that this is a dish in which everything will need to be cooked separately. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package; cooking it for a slightly shorter time will make it more al dente, but take care not to cook it for too long, which can make it gummy or soggy. Adding a little salt to the water can help as well. If the pasta will not be used immediately, tossing it with some butter or olive oil can help prevent it from sticking.

When cooking the fish or shellfish for the seafood pasta, it is important to be very careful to keep the raw fish isolated, and to cook it until it is completely done. Different types of seafood can have very different cooking times, so be sure to do your research. Do not toss the seafood with the pasta or anything else in the dish until it is completely cooked and ready to eat to avoid any potential food poisoning.

The sauces and other additions to the dish, such as vegetables, can help to complete it. A lighter sauce may be made simply with olive oil and garlic, for example, whereas a thicker marinade or alfredo sauce can make a heartier meal. Adding vegetables can also make the meal more filling and a bit healthier. Tomatoes, broccoli, and peppers are all tasty when combined with seafood, though there are dozens of other vegetable combinations that can also be used in seafood pasta.

It is best to try to get all the different ingredients to finish cooking simultaneously so the dish can be served hot. Throwing everything together into a pan for a quick stir-fry, or into a dish to bake in the oven, can warm everything up to the same levels if they are finished at different times. Of course, some seafood pasta may also be served cold, as a salad if desired. Do keep in mind that this is not a dish that can be frozen or that can keep very long in the refrigerator, so be sure to use it quickly.

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