Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Frutti di Mare $7.78

Ah, Frutti di Mare, fruit of the sea, an entres made even easier when the seafood is available in one bag!! I have made pasta frutti di mare from scratch, meaning I purchased the shrimp, scallops, and calamari separately, and although it was amazing, it was very expensive and much more time consuming to prepare. Kim and I were inspired to make this dish this week when we each individually found the seafood all in one handy 1 lb bag at Aldi. There are certain items that are not always available at Aldi, and that is one of the them. There are three ways to make Frutti di Mare-with pasta, over rice, or in a soup. I have had all three, and ofcourse I am partial to the seafood over pasta, but all are good! Also, Frutti di Mare can be done in tomato sauce or a clear agli olio sauce. I like them both, but tonight we did tomato. This is a meal my dad woud make once a year on Christmas Eve, and no matter how hard I try, and good it is, it is never as good as my dear, wonderful dads.

2 15 oz cans crushed tomato sauce $1.38
2 tbsp olive oil .60
1/2 medium onion diced .15
1/4 cup carrot minced .10
1/4 cup celery .12
2 cloves garlic minced .15
1/2 cup white wine .30
1 lb bag assorted seafood(shrimp, calamari, scallops) $3.99
1b linquine or spaghetti .99

heat oil on low/medium in big sauce pot
Add onion, a few minutes later add minced carrot
when onion begins to soften and become glassy toss in garlic, saute another 5 minutes, on low(careful not to burn garlic)
add parsley
add entire contents of tomato cans
stir constantly for 10 minutes until all the flavors are mixed together
add salt and pepper to taste
splash of red or white wine(optional)
place lid on sauce and simmer for40 minutes
add seafood

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