Spaghetti marinara

Spaghetti marinara.
Spaghetti marinara. Photo: Marina Oliphant

No need to buy premixed marinara, choose the freshest seafood you can get and don't overcook it.


500g packet artisan spaghetti

1 kg black mussels

2 cloves garlic, smashed plus 2 cloves finely chopped

Bay leaf, a few fresh thyme and parsley sprigs

½ cup dry white wine

60ml olive oil

1 tsp dried chilli flakes

6 roma tomatoes, finely diced

½ cup chopped fresh parsley

8 small raw prawns, cleaned and deveined

4 fresh scallops on the shell (if possible)

500g piece blue eye fillet (or other white fish), cut into small pieces

1 small cleaned squid tube (optional), cut finely on an angle into small pieces

Juice and zest of 1 lemon

Freshly ground black pepper to season


Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil, add pasta and cook according to packet directions until al dente.

Meanwhile, place mussels, 2 cloves smashed garlic, herbs and white wine in a wide frypan with a lid and cook over medium heat until the mussels open and release their liquid.

Remove mussels from pan and set aside. Strain liquid through a fine sieve lined with muslin or clean chux cloth and reserve. Discard solids.

Give the frypan a quick clean and return to the stovetop. Heat oil, add finely chopped garlic and cook for a few minutes to soften. Add chilli, tomatoes, parsley and reserved mussel liquid. Add seafood and cook over medium low heat until translucent and just cooked through. Add the finely sliced squid last, as it will take the least amount of time to cook. Add the mussels back the pan to warm through.

Drain pasta and add to sauce, tossing to combine and coat the pasta strands.

Squeeze over lemon juice, add zest. Season with ground black pepper.