Today I'm sharing THE best, creamiest and easiest, whole ingredient Seafood Alfredo Pasta recipe. This seafood alfredo is always a crowd please and makes the best holiday dinner. Let's get started!
Real Alfredo Sauce
Once upon a time, I worked in a cute little café as line cook. We did breakfast and lunch, mostly basics but all from scratch. One of my favourite things to make there was fettuccini alfredo.
It is simple, classic, delicious and traditional. Made only with whole ingredients, I’ve used it ever since as a base for creamy pastas. Sometimes with seafood, other times with vegetables, often with mushrooms. This is reliable, foolproof and gets rave reviews every time.
For a salmon version with a slightly different cream sauce, check out Pasta Alla Salmone.
Want more easy and delicious seafood recipes Check out Crispy Corn And Crab Fritters With Spicy Mayo, Mexican Tuna Ceviche and Shrimp Salad Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce or browse my seafood section for even more.
(PS. Have you tried making your own fresh pasta noodles? Fresh pasta can't be beat and for a truly authentic Italian experience, check out Marco's pasta cooking class Italy)
Make The Perfect Holiday Dinner At Home
To make this dish truly restaurant worthy, I suggest adding bread (a no brainer with pasta, right?!). An artisanal loaf if you can find one or try my favourite no-knead bread recipe with or without the rosemary and of course a salad.
Salad is a nice refreshing counter point to the richness of the pasta. I suggest my Garden Salad with Orange Dressing for something mild, my Orange and Radicchio Salad for something with slightly more bite or the Arugula and Strawbery Salad for something a bit more fancy.
When Canadian company, Sardo Foods reached out to collaborate on some festive ways to highlight their collection of Mediterranean style products, this one popped into my head. Sardo’s marinated seafood salad is ready to eat as is or on a charcuterie board but also so delicious in pasta or salad.
(Love seafood recipes as much as I do? Try my Easy Tilapia Fish Tacos, Mexican Tuna Ceviche or Salmon Carpaccio for more crowd favorites.)
Why I Partner With Sardo
I am passionate about supporting Canadian, sustainable and delicious products and companies and these guys tick all the boxes. Sardo products are certified Ocean Wise and that is important to me. While based out of Ontario, they are now expanding into BC and Alberta and you can find them at our local Thrifty Foods, Loblaws and Real Canadian Superstores.
What Makes This Seafood Alfredo Extra Easy?
If you've read a few of my previous posts, you may know I used to commercial fish. We occasionally caught octopus and enjoyed them but it is difficult to find fresh octopus in Canada, outside of big city fish markets. If you do manage to get some fresh octopus, it is also a bit time consuming and tricky to prep.
Both of these reasons make buying already prepared octopus an attractive option. This delicious marinated seafood salad includes squid and shrimp too. If you prefer no octopus or squid, easily substitute shrimp like Sardo's marinated shrimp.
Yes, you can. The results won't be exactly the same but can work well. For a full list of substitutes including dairy and non-dairy choices, check out these Best Substitutes For Heavy Cream In Pasta.
A crusty loaf of good fresh bread is essential for mopping up the delicious sauce at the bottom of the bowl. A crisp green salad with a simple wine vinegar and olive oil dressing is a refreshing counterpoint and classic accompaniment. For cooked vegetables, a side of grilled or roasted asparagus or broccolini goes very well.
For a winter eve, I like the heavier butteriness of a lightly oaked, dry chardonnay. In summer, I prefer a crisp, unoaked white wine like New Zealand sauvignon blanc, a crisp albarino or a pinot grigio.
If you prefer a red, a light style like Beaujolais or pinot noir work well.
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Cheers friends! Sabrina
Eat, drink and remember to enjoy the small things in life.
Easy Seafood Alfredo...From Scratch!
- ¼ c Butter
- 1 clove Garlic, minced
- 1 ½ c Heavy cream Whipping cream in Canada
- 1 ½ c Parmesan, finely grated
- ½ teaspoon Fresh finely ground pepper
- 2 tablespoon Dry white wine (or 2 teaspoon lemon juice)
- 2 containers Sardo Marinated Seafood Salad or Shrimp, drained (alternatively use 1.5 c prepared mixed seafood)
- 4 c Cooked fettuccini or other long pasta, cooked, ½ c water reserved
- ½ c Parsley, roughly chopped plus more for garnish
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Warm butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add garlic and cook gently until fragrant, then add cream, parmesan and pepper, increase heat to medium and let simmer until it starts to thicken slightly.
- Add wine or lemon juice and simmer 2 more minutes. Reduce heat to low and add pasta, seafood and parsley, tossing gently. Cook gently until heated through, tasting and adding a bit of salt if necessary. If it becomes to thick, add in a little pasta cooking liquid a bit at a time until the desired consistency.
- Serve in pre warmed bowls immediately. Fresh parsley, grated parmesan and ground pepper make lovely simple garnishes.
Yum! I love seafood anything but never tried it before with alfredo sauce. This recipe is a keeper!
I'm always looking for seafood recipes and this one looks divine! Next time I have fresh seafood in my fridge this alfredo is happening!!!
Love a good seafood pasta dish! Looks so good!
Sounds so delicious!
A beautiful dish!
Oh my I’m such a seafood addict, this looks absolutely delicious. I will be making it tomorrow for my kids who have actually been asking for seafood pasta for quite some time. Thank you so much for sharing and for the inspo 🤤
Oh my goodness! this looks amazing. We are doing a seafood feast for Christmas eve, and we making this seafood alfredo. Can't wait to try it!
Awesome!!! Enjoy Lizet, Merry Christmas!
Such a delicious and luxurious pasta option. We love it.
Thank you so much for letting me know Alexandra!
Such a great recipe to treat yourself for the Holidays!
What a great idea for a Christmas Eve or Christmas Day Entre. Sounds so easy to make. Definitely putting this on my bucket list to make for my next holiday meal or any meal really. Can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing.
Wow! Looks like something you would get at a fancy restaurant but so easy to make and enjoy at home. Thanks for the recipe!
You’re welcome Vanessa, thank you for the kind comment 💕
I love a good alfredo and the salad looks so colourful. Will check it out next time I am in real canadian
what a delicious looking pasta! I love the colors and cant wait to try this
Looks and sounds amazing! I love seafood alfredo and yours looks just perfect!
My family and I have gotten into the habit of having a seafood feast on Christmas Eve and this easy seafood Alfredo was the perfect addition to our meal! Delicious and easy!
Thank you Yvonne! Happy holidays to you and your family 💕
Such a beautiful simple dish, it is our go to when we're not sure what to have because our daughter loves prawns. Thanks again for sharing.
You are welcome! Thank you for letting me know 🥂
A very simple and easy to follow recipe. Definitely will try. Can you tell me if you rinse the seafood salad before using? I will have to buy another brand and it may be marinated.
Don’t rinse, just drain 🙂 thanks so much Bernadette!