Elegant Seafood Fettucine with Lemon and Dill
Try this seafood fettuccine with lemon and dill recipe if you are out to impress. This is the perfect go-to recipe for a dinner party because it pairs seafood with pasta and it looks like a true gourmet dish on the plate, although to be honest it is really easy to put together. As well as the fettuccine pasta you will need mixed seafood, and for your flavors you will be adding lemon, dill and a touch of Tabasco sauce – flavors which are amazing with seafood.
For this seafood fettuccine with lemon and dill recipe, the pasta is cooked in one pan while the seafood mixture is cooked in another. You then have the choice of either combining them or serving them separately, depending on the look of the dish you have in mind.
Pasta tends to cool quickly and become gummy, so warm the plates up first before plating up the dish. I usually do this by putting them in a 200 degrees F/100 degrees C oven for 20 minutes. Just warm it up then turn it off and pop the plates in there. Not all plates are ovenproof but I think most are.
What Kind of Seafood for a Seafood Fettuccine with Lemon and Dill Recipe
The simplest way to make this is to use frozen mixed seafood. These vary but might contain mussels, shrimp, scallops, and imitation crab, for example. Alternatively you can use fresh seafood if you prepare and cook it, or even a mixture of canned, thawed and fresh.
Take care not to overcook the seafood because there are few things worse than overdone rubbery seafood! If you’re using cooked seafood just stir it in and let it warm up. If you’re using raw seafood, it will take about 5 minutes to cook. The shrimp in the mixture will turn from gray to pink, and the scallops will become matte.
What Sauce to Use
I like to use a really chunky sun-dried tomato sauce for this seafood fettuccine with lemon and dill but you could use half sauce and half sun-dried or fresh tomatoes if you prefer, or even Alfredo sauce if you are looking for a seafood fettuccine alfredo recipe.
- 19½ oz (550g) chunky tomato pasta sauce
- ½ cup (125ml) water
- ½ sliced yellow onion
- 21 oz (600g) thawed raw mixed seafood
- Few drops of Tabasco sauce
- 14 oz (400g) fettuccine
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill weed
- Finely grated zest of a lemon
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- First boil the pasta following the directions on the package, then drain and return to the pan.
- Heat the oil in a pot over a moderate heat, then add the onion.
- Cook for 5 minutes or until tender.
- Add half the dill and cook for 1 minute.
- Stir in the pasta sauce and water.
- Bring the mixture to a boil them turn the heat down to low.
- Stir in the seafood and a shake in a few drops of Tabasco.
- Simmer for about 5 minutes or until the seafood is cooked.
- Stir the lemon zest into the mixture and add salt and black pepper to taste.
- Serve the fettuccine and seafood mixture separately, or gently toss to combine if preferred.
- Sprinkle the rest of the dill on top and serve right away.
For a simply family dinner, toss the pasta and seafood mixture together gently, then serve in shallow bowls with some crusty bread on the side