I enjoyed a beautiful version of this dish on a gorgeous balmy afternoon at the piers of Barcelona, within view of the statue of Christopher Columbus pointing west. I swore to try to duplicate it the minute I got home. It is now one of the most requested recipes in my house, and it seems that no matter how much I make, it is never enough! I never have leftovers! In the short time it takes to put this together, it’s remarkable how the noodles take on the flavor of the seafood.
- ¼ cup Achiote Oil
- 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- ¾ pound angel-hair pasta or two 6-ounce packages thin egg noodles
- 1 pound medium (about 30 per pound) shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 pound sea scallops
- 1 pound mussels
- 2½ cups (or as needed) bottled clam juice, hot
- Fine sea or kosher salt to taste
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
- Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1. Heat the oil in a wide, shallow skillet or paella pan over medium low heat. Add the garlic and cook, shaking the pan, just until fragrant. Break the noodles into 4-inch lengths. Stir them into the oil and stir constantly until the noodles are lightly toasted, about 3 minutes.
2. Stir the shrimp and scallops into the pan and cook until the shrimp turn pink, about 2 minutes. Add the mussels. Pour in enough hot clam juice to barely cover the noodles. Adjust the heat so the liquid is at a happy bubble. Continue cooking, making sure there is enough liquid to cover the pasta. Add a little at a time if necessary. Keep tamping the noodles down under the broth to keep them submerged.
3. When the pasta is tender and the seafood is cooked, about 5 minutes, lower the flame and continue cooking until all the liquid has evaporated and the noodles start to crisp up. Discard any mussels that haven’t opened. Taste and add salt and pepper if you like. Spoon onto a serving platter, scatter the parsley over the top, and serve hot.
Nutritional information includes 1/8 teaspoon of added salt per serving, but does not include Achiote Oil. For nutritional information on Achiote Oil, please follow the link above.