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15 Family-Friendly Seafood Pastas

Hey, Seafoodies!

Pasta night is a favorite around here at Dish on Fish. It’s so easy – and when it’s paired with seafood, a weeknight dinner becomes a craveable feast. Seafood + pasta: This time-tested formula always saves the day. It’s a sure bet when feeding a crowd because it’s one of those rare foods loved by everyone. And with really good GF noodles widely available, plus zoodles everyone can enjoy these dishes. Seafood pastas are also one of our favorite ways to make sure we get the 2 to 3 servings of seafood a week recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

We’ve pulled together 15 family-friendly seafood pasta recipes you will love. From comfort-food classics like seafood mac and cheese and tomato-spiked spaghetti with shellfish to pantry-raiding meals like zesty tuna puttanesca and melt-in-your-mouth anchovy pasta, these meals will please even the pickiest members of your family. These recipes are all easy, often cheesy (more on that in a minute) and 100% family-approved! Best of all, they call for ingredients you might already have on hand.

For busy weeknights when you’re trying to beat the clock, how about some citrusy pasta with tuna, ready in just 15 minutes? We’ve got Keto-friendly pad Thai with shirataki noodles and Mediterranean baked cod with zoodles. Craving some comfort food? Some crab cake spaghetti or cheesy seafood lasagna will most definitely hit the spot. On a lighter note, there’s spicy salmon pasta salad and a browned butter scallop and artichoke dish that’s elegant enough for special occasions.

And when you’re raking in the compliments for these quick and tasty dishes, know that they’re good for you, too. Seafood is a rich source of satisfying protein, omega-3 fatty acids and essential vitamins and minerals that can boost our heart, brain and eye health as well as potentially help us live longer.

In other words, this is pasta-bly the best collection of seafood pastas out there! And yes, most of these recipes have a sprinkle (or more) of cheese, but don’t worry if you’ve heard that’s breaking the rules. Actually, seafood and cheese are a winning combination—especially when pasta is involved. So, let’s dig in!

Tuna Puttanesca

Your next meal is just 15 minutes away if your kitchen is well-stocked. This pantry-clearing recipe pairs canned tuna with crushed tomatoes, spaghetti and olives to help you get dinner cooked, stat!

Seafood Mac and Cheese

This seaworthy update of the classic comfort dish blends crab and shrimp with tender macaroni and a tempting blend of Parmesan, Swiss and cheddar cheeses.

Anchovy Pasta with Parmesan Breadcrumbs

Anchovies are tiny fish with enormous flavor! A quick sauté melts them into the sauce, lending a burst of pure umami to this white fish-topped pasta.

Spaghetti with Mussels, Clams & Shrimp

A bistro classic you can easily make at home, this spaghetti dish features an abundance of succulent shrimp, briny clams and tender mussels in a garlic-white wine sauce scattered with sweet cherry tomatoes.

Pan-Fried Lemon Butter Fish

Short on ingredients but long on taste! This lemony white fish spaghetti dish is such a hit with little Seafoodies (and such a cinch to pull together in 15 minutes) that you’ll find yourself making it again and again.

Spicy Salmon Pasta Salad

Start with spice-rubbed, pan-seared salmon, and you’re always going somewhere good! For a light meal, mix it with crisp salad greens, whole-wheat rotini and a tangy yogurt-dill dressing.

Crawfish Pasta

For a culinary trip to ‘Nawlins, try this Creole-seasoned pasta recipe that can be easily doubled or quadrupled if you want to share! When crawfish tails aren’t available, shrimp makes a tasty stand-in.

Crab Pasta

This colorful dish hits all the right notes: Delicate crab simmers with mushrooms and tomatoes in pesto before it’s tossed with spaghetti and dusted with Romano cheese.

Keto Pad Thai

If you think you can’t eat pad Thai, think again. This fresh and flavorful take is made with plant-based shirataki noodles, putting “pasta” back on the list of pasta-bilities!

Mediterranean Baked Cod with Zucchini Noodles

Health-conscious Seafoodies are sure to love this low-carb (and low-maintenance) cod and “zoodles” dish that bakes in the oven with tomatoes, wine and garlic.

Crab Cake Spaghetti

With jumbo lump crabmeat, an aromatic base, crunchy panko breadcrumbs and Old Bay, this spaghetti dish tastes just like a deconstructed crab cake!

15-Minute Tuna Lemon Pasta

No need to stop at the grocery store—you probably have all you need for this lemony tuna fettucine in your pantry and fridge!

Skinny Shrimp Alfredo Pasta Bake

For Seafoodies who are watching calories but still want a satisfying pasta dish, this lightened-up baked shrimp with penne is your ticket to good eating!

Cheesy Seafood Lasagna

Here’s a seafood bake that’s on the indulgent side, with a trio of succulent shellfish—shrimp, scallops and crab—layered with noodles, an aromatic and creamy white sauce and a generous dose of cheese.

Browned Butter Scallop and Artichoke Pasta

Perfectly seared scallops add an elegant touch to this sophisticated angel hair pasta dish with artichokes, shallots, garlic, wine and lemon.

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