Fettuccine with Spicy Shellfish


Emeril Lagasse's hearty pasta is packed with fresh shellfish and spicy chorizo. Slideshow: More Delicious Recipes from Emeril Lagasse 

Fettuccine with Spicy Shellfish
Photo: © Christina Holmes
Total Time:
1 hr


  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 pound fresh fettuccine

  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

  • 1/4 cup shredded basil leaves

  • 6 ounces dry chorizo, quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise

  • 1 large shallot, minced

  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 plum tomatoes—peeled, seeded and chopped

  • 1 dozen littleneck clams, scrubbed

  • 1 cup bottled clam juice

  • 1 pound mussels, scrubbed

  • 1 pound shelled and deveined medium shrimp

  • Salt


  1. In a small skillet, combine 1/4 cup of the olive oil with the crushed red pepper and cook over moderate heat for 2 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta until it is barely al dente; drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking. Return the pasta to the pot and stir in the warm chile oil, 1/4 cup of the cheese and 2 tablespoons of the basil.

  3. In a very large, deep skillet, heat the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil. Add the chorizo and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until the fat is rendered, about 2 minutes. Add the shallot and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, clams and clam juice, cover and cook until the clams just begin to open, about 5 minutes. Add the mussels, cover and cook until all the shells have opened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the shrimp, season with salt and cook until pink and curled, about 2 minutes.

  4. Using a ladle, transfer half of the liquid to the pasta in the pot and cook over high heat, tossing, until the pasta is al dente and heated through, about 2 minutes. Divide the pasta between bowls and spoon the shellfish all around. Ladle the broth on top and garnish with the remaining 2 tablespoons of shredded basil and 1/4 cup of Parmigiano-Reggiano. Serve right away.

Suggested Pairing

Robust, cherry-rich rosé.

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