Marinara Pasta Recipe

How to cook marinara pasta

Our version is actually Spicy Tomato Seafood Pasta. The recipe depends on what seafood you can afford or what is in season. Typically here in the Philippines, we experience red tide during the summer period. Most of the time, shrimps and squids are always the main seafood ingredients, but the cost of these depends on your location. Otherwise, you can settle by adding seafood options such as tahong (mussels), halaan (clams), alupihan dagat (mantis shrimp), scallops, etc. 
Marinara Pasta Recipe by Foodamn Philippines
Marina pasta with a hint of spice for extra kick

This kind of pasta is an all-time festive and mouth watering dish. Some say it's easy to make; yes, it may be easy but the method we used, we cooked them in separate ways. Read on the procedure later. 

seafood pasta sauce
Seafood pasta sauce

Marinara pasta recipe or seafood pasta recipe

  • 1/2 kilo prawns or shrimps, shelled and deveined
  • 1 large squid (same squid used for grilled squid or sisig)
  • 1.5 kilo mussels, scrubbed and debearded, shelled
  • 48 oz Marinara pasta sauce or canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 large-sized white onions. minced
  • 1 medium-size red onion, minced
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 900 grams Linguine pasta
  • Olive oil
  • Mussel soup stock
  • 2 pieces red chili or labuyo, chopped (optional) or chili flakes
  • 1/2 cup white wine (optional)
  • Anchovy (optional)
  • 1 piece lime or small lemon or calamansi
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Parsley to garnish
  • A dash of dried basil and Italian seasoning (to marinade the half-cooked seafood)
  • Parmesan cheese per serving


  1. Pre cook mussels in a separate casserole. Let it cool and shelled.
  2. Half cooked shrimps in a separate casserole. Let it cool and shelled/deveined.
  3. Slice the squid into rings and mix with the mussels and shrimps. Add in minced garlic, olive oil, lime extract, a dash of basil leave, and Italian seasoning. Marinade for 5 -10 minutes.
  4. Pan fried the shrimp heads and skin with olive oil and butter. Separate the skin and head after. 
  5. From the same pan, stir in the marinated shrimp, squid and mussels. Add the white wine and chili (both optional). Cook for 3-5 minutes. Do not over cook. Set it aside.
  6. Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add enough olive oil to coat the bottom. Saute garlic and onions. Add the marinara pasta sauce, tomato paste, salt, pepper, and the mussels soup stock. Stir well, bring to a simmer, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook for 10 minutes or longer. 
  7. Prepare a large pot of boiling water for the linguine pasta. Drop the pasta once it's boiling. Do not add salt or oil. Stir the pasta well and boil for 1 minute less than the package's cooking instructions.
  8. Drain the pasta and add it right back into the large pot. Pour the sauce over top and toss until well combined. 
  9. Serve the pasta in a pan or large pasta serving. Stir in the sauteed seafood. 
  10. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve with grated parmesan cheese. 
Marinara Pasta Recipe by Foodamn Philippines
Marinade shrimp, mussels and squid with seasoning

For this particular recipe, I used two (2) bottled marinara sauces (one at 680 grams and the other at 652 grams). If you are curious, the brands are from Walmart - Great Value and Pizza Girl Organic Marinara Pasta Sauce. For canned tomato sauce, you can add fresh tomatoes to key in the natural taste.
Marinara Pasta Recipe
no frills marinara pasta recipe

A good alternative is from a local store and partner it with crushed tomatoes. You may also use penne pasta instead of linguine or spaghetti pasta. 

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