Doesn't this Seafood Pomodoro look tasty? Good heavens, I am hungry just by looking at it!
Fresh scallops, linguine, tomatoes, fresh herbs, and mussels with a hint of ham for smokiness. This Seafood Pomodoro was delicious and the leftovers were amazing!!!
I am not super big on decadent creamy sauces on my pasta. For the most part, I enjoy cleaner versions and limited ingredients. For this dish, my inspiration was actually a paella, but I didn't want rice. I also wanted chorizo, I absolutely love chorizo, but I decided on ham instead because I wanted the delicate flavors of the seafood to shine through and not be overwhelmed by the chorizo.
Funny enough, we went to my favorite Italian restaurant not long ago, and low and behold there it was. Seafood Pomodoro Arriabatta. Their version included large shrimp, large scallops, and whitefish. No ham or chorizo. We ordered it to compare my Pomodoro to the restaurant's version, and I was not that far off. The main flavors and textures were very similar, and in retrospect, I wish I had added shrimp to mine. Yet, I believe a little ham adds a wonderful smokiness to this dish.
Here is a quick tip. When I went to make this recipe, the seafood department at my grocer did not have fresh mussels available. So I used frozen mussels and they worked great!
I hope you enjoy this Seafood Pomodoro. If you make it, or a variation of it, let me know in the comments section.Print