10 Seafood Pasta Recipes from Italy for Christmas.

10 Seafood Pasta Recipes from Italy for Christmas and Holidays.

Here in Italy, Christmas food traditions don’t include a particular meal that every family eats! However, fish and seafood are traditional in many parts of the country, especially on Christmas eve. But, also on Christmas day and New Year’s day. Here are some special fish and seafood pasta recipes that you can include on your holiday menu to give it a bit of an Italian flavour.

10 seafood pasta recipes

Pasta will appear on almost every family table in Italy at Christmas. Very often Italians eat more than one pasta dish or a pasta and/or a risotto followed by a main course! For dinner on Christmas Eve, most Italians eat fish and seafood. This is a religious custom as 24th December is considered a day of fasting or abstinence, which Italians call ‘giorni di magro’ (meaning lean days).  However, seafood pasta is popular even on Christmas Day and New Year’s day.

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Seafood pasta recipes - linguine pasta alle vongole - linguine with clams

Linguine alle vongole.

Linguine with clams one of the most popular seafood pasta recipes  both in Italy and abroad! So it’s not surprising that this iconic Neapolitan dish is traditional at Christmas in Campania! This linguine pasta alle vongole recipe is my Sicilian hubby’s. He’s pretty generous with the garlic and peperoncino but you can reduce the quantities if you prefer!

Seafood pasta recipes poached salmon and asparagus lasagne al forno one portion on white plate

Lasagna with poached salmon and asparagus.

Lasagne al forno is a must for many Italians at Christmas. This version with poached salmon and asparagus is a perfect seafood pasta recipe for meatless days and special occasions. It’s much lighter than traditional Lasagna with Bolognese.

Seafood pasta recipes spaghetti with Baccalà (salt cod)

Spaghetti with Baccalà (salt cod).

Baccalà is very traditional  at Christmas both here in Veneto and in the South, although it’s prepared in different ways. This is a Sicilian recipe which can be served as two courses. The sauce with pasta and the salt cod separately with potatoes.

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seafood pasta recipes spaghetti with smoked trout carbonara

Smoked trout carbonara.

Based on a recipe from a Michelin star restaurant by Lake Garda, this contemporary carbonara recipe is one that I actually served last New Year. My guests loved it and yours will too!

seafood pasta recipes spaghetti with mussels alla Tarantina

Spaghetti with mussels alla Tarantina

The Southern Italian region of Puglia is famous for its mussels, particularly those from Taranto. If you like mussels you will love this recipe which can also be served without pasta and chunks of bread instead!

seafood pasta recipes spaghetti with scallops and citrus fruit; Italian recipe

Pasta with scallops and citrus fruit

This is a seafood pasta recipe I posted here on The Pasta  Project just a few days ago. Scallops are a favourite seafood in Italy at Christmas and New Year. This is a divinely delicious recipe that’s very easy to make.

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seafood pasta recipes baked conchiglioni pasta shells with tuna and ricotta

Conchiglioni pasta shells with tuna and ricotta.

Baked pasta shells is another traditional pasta holiday dish, especially on days of fasting or abstinence. However, normally the shells are filled with spinach and ricotta and baked in a tomato sauce. This version is one I served at my Christmas party last year. Because the pasta isn’t cooked in a lot of sauce these conchiglioni can even be eaten as finger food!

seafood pasta recipes farfalle pasta with smoked salmon & zucchini

Farfalle with smoked salmon and zucchini.

I’ve included this recipe because it’s one of the most popular here on The Pasta Project.  Although smoked salmon is not a traditional Italian ingredient, lots of Italians like to eat it on special occasions and their favourite way to eat it is with pasta!

Seafood pasta recipes Busiate pasta with almonds bottarga and prawns

Busiate with bottarga, prawns and almonds.

There are so many wonderful Sicilian seafood pasta recipes but this one is special. Made with Sicilian Busiate pasta, bottarga (tuna roe), red prawns and almonds. This recipe is a real taste of Sicily!

Seafood pasta recipes La Calamarata pasta recipe

La Calamarata from Campania.

Another traditional Neapolitan seafood pasta recipe that is perfect for the holidays is La Calamarata. This dish is made with calamari (squid) and a type of pasta also called calamarata. This pasta actually looks like calamari rings, hence the name.  Another pretty simple recipe that looks and tastes fantastic.

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Tell me what you think!

If you make any of these seafood pasta recipes, I’d love to hear how it turns out. Did your guests like it?Please write a comment here on the blog or post a comment on the Pasta Project Facebook page.

Your feedback means a lot to me!

Buon Appetito and Merry Christmas!

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38 Comments

  • Poonam
    December 21, 2018 4:06 pm

    Am totally confused which one to select for Christmas. All of these pasta recipes seems yummy. Need your help which one will you suggest for Indian taste buds as am from India.

    • Jacqui
      December 28, 2018 10:37 am

      Thank you Poonam! I’m not sure what seafood is popular in India, but I can imagine you would like the spaghetti with scallops and citrus fruit or perhaps the calamarata with calamari (squid). Do let me know if you try one!

  • Renu
    December 17, 2018 3:38 pm

    Each and every pasta dish is so so tempting. I specially loved the lasagna and the farfale. Yum.

  • Krista Price
    December 17, 2018 3:10 pm

    Holy moly. That smoked trout carbornara is really calling my name, but I wouldn’t turn down any of these dishes! I can tell you put a lot of love into creating all of these recipes! I’m sending this to my boyfriend’s mother -she LOVES seafood and pasta, so this round up is totally for her.

  • Kelly Anthony
    December 17, 2018 4:13 am

    What a great collection of pasta recipes. They all look amazing but the spaghetti with mussels alla Tarantin caught my eye and I’m going to be making this dish very soon.

  • April
    December 17, 2018 1:12 am

    If I were to choose my TOP-3 from this list, it would be pasta with scallops and citrus fruit, linguine alle vongole and smoked trout carbonara. The last one must be magical! I just love the idea of having fish and seafood for Christmas!

  • Andrea Metlika
    December 16, 2018 11:31 pm

    They all look and sound amazing! Think we might have the 10 days of Christmas this year.

  • Emma
    December 16, 2018 11:15 pm

    Just wow. This whole list looks delicious. I don’t know which one to start with!!!

  • Amy | The Cook Report
    December 16, 2018 11:10 pm

    What a great collection, I especially love the idea of using salmon in lasagne!

  • Pam Greer
    December 16, 2018 10:49 pm

    Pinned so that I can work my way through them all! I don’t even know where to begin, they all sound so wonderful!

  • Amanda
    December 16, 2018 9:40 pm

    Oh, yum! The hard part is picking a recipe. Everything sounds so delicious. I guess I’ll just have to make my way through the list.

  • Kathi
    December 16, 2018 8:21 pm

    Smoked Trout Carbonara has my heart! Wonder if I could use smoked salmon which is plentiful here in Seattle…Lox maybe? Would that be bad? I love lox! :).

  • Chef Mireille
    December 15, 2018 7:54 pm

    my Mom’s best friend is Italian and I have many times participated in their Christmas Eve festivities and all of these dishes look so good!

    • Jacqui
      December 16, 2018 10:34 am

      Thank you Mireille! I love all these recipes. Seafood pasta is so yummy! Here in Northern Italy people celebrate more on Christmas day. In the South, Christmas eve is the more important celebration. My hubby is Sicilian, so we often do both!

  • Bev
    December 15, 2018 7:06 am

    I love, love, love this compilation of pasta. I love learning about holiday traditions in other countries so it would be lots of fun to make one of these pasta dishes this year for New Years!

    • Jacqui
      December 16, 2018 10:36 am

      Thanks so much Bev! I’m sure any of these recipes will be delicious for New Years! Do let me know if you make one.

  • Linda
    December 15, 2018 1:51 am

    Wow! I need to add spending Christmas in Italy to my bucket list, and I will be one very happy gal with pasta and cheese. Really, it’s hard to pick a favorite here but I will start with smoked salmon first.

    • Jacqui
      December 16, 2018 10:37 am

      I’m sure you’d love Christmas in Italy Linda! Traditions vary from region to region but there’s always great food and wonderful decorations!

  • Michelle Minnaar
    December 14, 2018 11:04 pm

    The smoked trout carbonara sounds like it would be a fav in my house, just love this list!

    • Jacqui
      December 16, 2018 10:38 am

      Grazie dear Michelle! I love making the smoked trout carbonara on special occasions. My family and guests love it, so am sure yours would too!

  • Alicia
    December 14, 2018 9:40 pm

    The Conchiglioni looks so tasty! We love salmon in our house, so the lasagne with salmon and asparagus is up first!

    • Jacqui
      December 16, 2018 10:40 am

      Thank you Alicia, Both are really divine recipes. I love the combination of poached salmon and asparagus in the lasagna. I’m sure you will really enjoy it!

  • Anna Hettick
    December 14, 2018 6:50 pm

    I think my favorite is the Farfalle with smoked salmon and zucchini. I love making something besides the traditional Christmas/Thanksgiving dinner on Christmas. Great choices here for pasta as an option!

    • Jacqui
      December 16, 2018 10:41 am

      Thanks so much Anna. Happy you like this round up. The farfalle recipe is one I’ve made a number of times and is very popular with my visitors. I’m sure you’ll love it if you make it!

  • Nicole Triebe
    December 14, 2018 4:09 pm

    All of these look incredible! Can I come over for the holidays?!?

    • Jacqui
      December 16, 2018 10:42 am

      haha, always a place at our table for fellow foodies Nicole! Happy you like the recipes!

  • Stine Mari
    December 14, 2018 3:57 pm

    Interesting to see how different Christmas is in various cultures! All these pasta dishes look amazing!

    • Jacqui
      December 16, 2018 10:45 am

      I agree Stine! I grew up in UK where Christmas traditions are so different to Italy! I love that here every region has its own traditions so when we spend Christmas in Sicily (My hubby is Sicilian) it’s totally different to Christmas here in Veneto where we live!

  • Gloria
    December 13, 2018 10:30 pm

    WOW…what a great selection of delicious dishes. I would want to eat them all. You can never go wrong with seafood and pasta…loved by all.

    • Jacqui
      December 16, 2018 10:46 am

      Thanks Gloria! I agree seafood with pasta is so delicious! Certainly all Italians love it!

  • Georgie @ The Home Cook’s Kitchen
    December 13, 2018 10:07 pm

    these all look amazing! It’s my life dream to go to Italy and learn how to make pasta properly! This is a great recipe round up!

    • Jacqui
      December 16, 2018 10:47 am

      Grazie dear Georgie! Making pasta isn’t that difficult but learning in Italy is obviously a fabulous experience! One i’m sure you’d love!

  • Taylor W.
    December 13, 2018 9:46 pm

    Such yummy recipes! That Farfalle with smoked salmon and zucchini is calling my name!

    • Jacqui
      December 16, 2018 10:48 am

      Thanks Taylor! That farfalle recipe is a real winner! Hope you try it!

  • Stephanie
    December 13, 2018 9:38 pm

    Such yummy looking ways to switch up pasta. Perfect for special occasions or just a big bowl of comfort food.

    • Jacqui
      December 16, 2018 10:50 am

      Thanks so much Stephanie! I agree seafood with pasta is great for special occasions!

  • Suzy
    December 13, 2018 9:25 pm

    All of these look absolutely delicious! The farfale with smoked salmon is calling my name

  • Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    December 13, 2018 8:30 pm

    What delicious dishes these are! I love seafood pasta so will have to give some of these a try!

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