The Mediterranean, The Med, The Land of Paella and Flamenco Dancing, whatever you want to call it, in my opinion, is a hub of the freshest and best ingredients around, along with their great recipes of course. The first thing that comes to my mind is their seafood and sun-ripened tomatoes.
I imagine life in the Mediterranean to be that of a relaxed and harmonious one, where families and extended families join together in the celebration of sharing food. Am I right?
From my visits to the Mediterranean, what strikes me most about this remarkable place is the freshness of all locally sourced foods. The freshness of the seafood (especially towns closer to the coast) is next to none, a single bite, and you know it had been caught only hours before. The freshness rings true for their tomatoes, what makes them so tomatoey?! Maybe the sun, maybe the soil from which they grow, maybe it’s magic. I will never know their secret, but I can sure enjoy everything Mediterranean nonetheless.
If you’re looking for a super quick, but fancy pants meal that will impress your friends because you’ve used ‘seafood’, then look no further. The best thing about this dish is that it has the taste of all things Mediterranean with very few ingredients, budget-friendly and super healthy. Win-win all around.
MEDITERRANEAN SEAFOOD TAGLIATELLE
- 6 Tagliatelle Nests
- 250g Arrabbiata Sauce
- 225g Seafood Selection (prawn, muscle and squid)
- 14g Flat-Leaf Parsley (chopped)
- 1/2 Lemon, juiced
- Step 1 Boil the tagliatelle for 12 minutes. Heat the sauce to simmering point, then add the seafood and simmer until piping hot, stirring occasionally.
- Step 2 Drain the pasta, top with the sauce, drizzle lemon juice to taste and scatter with the chopped parsley.
Jamie Carter | @mrjamiecarter