Italian Seafood Dishes

Italians have been pulling bounty from the sea for centuries, and seafood represents a solid part of Italian cuisine. Try an Italian preparation next time seafood is on your menu.

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Grilled Squid and Torpedo Onions with Sorrel

Food & Wine

For this unexpectedly fun dish, Matt Lightner of Castagna in Portland, Oregon, tosses grilled torpedo onions (a sweet heirloom variety from Italy) with grilled squid bodies. Since the onions and the squid resemble each other so much in color and shape, each bite is a small surprise.

Total: 50 mins

Grilled Fish with Artichoke Caponata

Food & Wine

To top meaty mahimahi at Marea, Michael White makes a vinegary caponata (a Sicilian relish) with fresh artichoke hearts, not the traditional tomatoes and eggplant. Trimming artichokes can be time-consuming, so buy marinated artichoke hearts from the grocery store instead.

Total: 45 mins

Grappa-Cured Striped Bass

Food & Wine

Grappa, an Italian spirit, is made from grape pomace (the skins, seeds, and stems left over from winemaking). Its slight earthiness and high alcohol make it perfect for curing fish, as in David Page's meaty striped bass fillets here, delicately scented with fennel.

Total: 30 mins

Pancetta-Wrapped Mussels with Basil

Food & Wine

Crispy, briny and juicy, these ingenious mussels are a simple and unexpected fall dish; they're just as delicious roasted or grilled. Threading the shelled mussels onto skewers makes them easier to handle.

Total: 35 mins

Tomato-and-Anchovy Salad with Garlic Cream

Food & Wine

Daniel Humm varies the ingredients for this lovely appetizer depending on what he finds at the farmers' market -- on good days, beautiful heirloom tomatoes. He tosses them with briny oil-and-vinegar-marinated white anchovies, also known by the Spanish name boquerones, which are available at the deli counter of many specialty-food stores.

Total: 30 mins

Shrimp and Roasted Pepper Pizza

Better Homes and Gardens

Tomato pesto is the hidden ingredient that lends fabulous flavor to the Alfredo sauce in this easy main dish recipe.

Donatellas Cavatelli with Spicy Shrimp

Better Homes and Gardens

If only we could all have an Italian grandmother who would teach us to prepare fresh pasta. This is the next best thing. Peppery arugula and shrimp are tossed in a red pepper oil, before joining the cavatelli in a symphony of flavor. Add some breadsticks and dinner is served.

Angel-Hair Pasta with Crab and Country Ham

Food & Wine

Pinot Blanc, a.k.a. the poor man's Chardonnay, has a bright acidity that's terrific with dishes like this lush pasta from F&W's Marcia Kiesel. Fabulous U.S. bottlings, like the 2007 Robert Foley Vineyards from Napa and the 2006 Erath from Oregon, cost less than $25 a bottle.

Total: 25 mins

Warm Wheat Berries with Tuna, Fennel, and Olives

Food & Wine

For this Mediterranean-inflected salad, chef Seamus Mullen likes poaching fresh tuna or bonito in olive oil; store-bought fish jarred in olive oil works very well, too.

Total: 1 hr

Roasted Red Peppers with Tonnato Sauce

Food & Wine

Tonnato sauce -- a smooth puree of olive oil-packed tuna, mayonnaise, capers, and anchovies -- is traditionally served in Piedmont with slices of roasted veal. Chef Andrew Feinberg spoons the sauce onto a plate then tops it with a layer of wood oven-roasted peppers.

Total: 45 mins

Pasta with Shrimp and Asparagus

Better Homes and Gardens

An easy, tasty, low-fat meal. As the pasta cooks, the asparagus and shrimp sizzle in a skillet.

Total: 40 mins

Scallops or Shrimp with Pesto and Cherry Tomatoes

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Total: 30 mins

Linguini with Shrimp and Pine Nuts

Better Homes and Gardens

Dry sherry flavors the broth, and the crushed red pepper adds a tiny bite to this pasta dish. Added mushrooms and spinach makes this an amazing meal in one.

Total: 35 mins

Crab and Fennel Risotto

Better Homes and Gardens

This low-fat crab dinner features fennel, the celerylike vegetable that has delicate licorice flavor.

Sicilian Swordfish

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Pesto Shrimp Mac & Cheese

Better Homes and Gardens

Get ready to give out the recipe when you bring this updated version of everyone's favorite casserole to your next potluck.

Shrimp with Basil and Fresh Tomatoes

Better Homes and Gardens

Plump, juicy shrimp and sun-ripened tomatoes get the zesty taste of the Mediterranean from fragrant garlic and basil in this pasta dish.

Total: 25 mins
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