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Too much of a good thing can be wonderful! by Mae West
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Seafood Penne

My love with shellfish hasn't started until recently. About 20 years ago in NYC, first time i tried shrimp after living in Brasil for 17 years and never liking it. It was like a dream. I couldn't believe how much i enjoyed it. After that came crabs, oysters, lobsters... It was like heaven. I was also just starting to appreciate food in all levels, and getting to understand wines.
This morning was gorgeous. the thermometer reached 75F and i ran 7 miles. Got home craving a pasta dish, since my body needed the carbs and seafood seemed like the perfect combination on a indian summer day. So i decided on a seafood pasta. So easy and quick to make. If your shrimp is already peeled and deveined, the whole dish might take about 17 minutes to make. So here's how i do it!

1 pound penne pasta, cooked according to package instructions
4 tablespoons olive oil
10 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced( use less if not a huge garlic fan like me)
1 pound 26-30 shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 pound sea scallops(i used frozen and had it thawed in cold water in 5 minutes)
1 jar or can of clams with juice
2 lemons, 1 halved and 1 thinly sliced
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup chopped basil
2 cups arugula
salt and pepper to taste

In a large frying pan, heat olive oil and garlic, until garlic is golden. Add shrimp and scallops and cook stirring frequently for about 2 minutes. You don't wan to overcook the shellfish. Add clams with juice. Add tomatoes, salt and pepper. Squeeze halved lemons and add lemon slices to frying pan. Add halved tomatoes, arugula, basil and parsley and toss with cooked pasta. Serve warm.


  1. What a lovely recipes and your photos of the penne are terrific. This is my first visit to your blog, so I took some extra time to browse through your earlier posts. I'm so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary