My mom is visiting this week which means something delicious is always cooking, steaming, or baking! And hands down, the Always Pan is one of the most loved tools in our kitchen, plus happens to be one of our favorite gifts to give. If you’re interested in the new Perfect Pot and the pan, they sell them together as a bundle. They gave me code EXTRAPETITE10 for 10% off your purchase.
The Always Pan has made frequent appearances on our cooking stories since over a year ago, and was a huge hit when we bought it for both my MIL and my mom last Christmas. My mom has already announced that she wouldn’t mind a second pan this year, along with the Spruce steamer! She uses her pan daily for sautéing veggies and stir fries, steaming Asian dishes (like spareribs, steamed egg) and it presents beautifully from stovetop to dinner table, so saves having to wash a serving dish.
We also love that the Always Pan comes with an insert tray with handles for steaming (which I use all the time for the kids’ food or reheating leftovers), plus a wooden spatula that rests on top of the handle button. The oven-safe Perfect Pot was a new release this year and is generously sized, with a notched wooden spoon that nests on the pot handles, a pour spout with a little strainer built into the lid (perfect for cooking pasta), and a roasting rack that can also be used for steaming!
We love the versatility of the pan and use it to make all types of dishes like Nick’s Filipino chicken adobo and dairy free chicken tikka masala. It’s been a minute since we’ve shared a recipe here on the blog, so I wanted to add another easy one to our Extra (Ap)Petite series. I’ve shown this before on IG stories, but this seafood pasta is one of our go-to’s whenever we need to impress family or company with minimal effort!
Easy Seafood Pasta
- 1 lb seafood of your choice. We do a mix of shrimp, diver scallops, calamari cut into rings.
- 4 cloves chopped garlic
- 1 can diced tomatoes (we buy the ones pre-seasoned with garlic & basil, if available)
- 1 zucchini, sliced into discs (optional)
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste or ketchup
- salt, pepper, sugar to taste
- dash fish sauce (for adding depth!)
- 1/2 box pasta. Our preference is DeCecco brand.
- grated parmesan cheese or dairy free sub
- In a separate pot, start boiling water and cook the pasta. Reserve a little pasta water when draining the cooked pasta.
- While waiting for pasta water to boil, sauté seafood in olive oil over medium heat with some of the fresh garlic, salt and pepper.
- Once cooked through, remove the seafood from heat and set it aside in a bowl. Save all the seafood liquid / juices from the pan as well, in a bowl.
- Sauté the optional sliced zucchini in olive oil in the pan. Remove from heat and let the zucchini join the seafood in a bowl.
- Sauté the remaining fresh garlic in olive oil over low-medium heat. Once fragrant, add the can of diced tomatoes and tomato paste, and season with salt, pepper, and sugar to taste.
- Stir in the reserved seafood liquid (from sautéing the seafood earlier) and a dash of fish sauce. Bring to a low simmer for at least 10 minutes, adding the pre-cooked seafood and zucchini back in at the end.
- Toss the cooked pasta into the sauce pan until coated, adding in a little pasta water if needed.
- Garnish with grated parmesan cheese, optional fresh basil, and serve hot!
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