Aligue seafood pasta is what comes to mind when deciding what I should prepare for quick and easy pasta dish. This creamy and tasty dish really brings out the essence of the seafood ingredients. “Aligue” or also called as taba ng talangka (crab fat) is a Filipino fermented paste derived from the salted roe and aligue of river swimming crabs or Asian shore crabs (talangka) sautéed in garlic and preserved in oil. It is traditionally sold in bottles and can be eaten over white rice. Just like our Chicken Inasal post, this is also one of my family’s most requested dish. So put on those aprons and let’s cook it. On y Va! (let’s go!)
The secret ingredient is always LOVE
Tips on cooking Aligue Pasta.
- Make sure that pasta is cooked well or “al dente”.
- For better result, use fresh seafood ingredients (e.g. shrimp, mussels).
- Check the expiry of the canned or bottled crab paste/fat.
ALigue Seafood Pasta
- 500 grams linguine you can also use other types of pasta
- 1 tbsp cooking oil and 1 tsp. salt for cooking pasta
- 210 grams canned/bottled crab pasta add more if you want
- 8 pieces mussels cooked, shells removed
- 8 pieces shrimp cooked, shells peeled and head removed
- 1 tbsp olive oil or cooking oil
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 cup heavy cream or based on your preferred creaminess
- 1 piece onion
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/4 tsp ground pepper
- 1/4 tsp chili powder optional
- 1/2 tsp dried parsley optional
- grated cheese (we used Parmigiano) garnish, optional
- Cook the pasta as per instruction from the packaging. When done drizzle with oil so they don’t stick together and set aside.
- Boil some water and put in the mussel and shrimps. You know the mussels are cooked when they open up and the shrimps are orange in color. Remove shell from mussels then peel off shell and remove head from shrimps. Set aside
- Heat oil and butter in a casserole and sauté onion and garlic until translucent and fragrant.
- Then add the crab paste with the sauteed onion and garlic. Mix well for about 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add the heavy cream and stir until the crab paste and cream combined well. Then add the mussels and shrimps and season with pepper, chili powder and parsley and stir to incorporate. Simmer for 3 minutes.
- Add the cooked pasta to the crab paste sauce and mix well. and let simmer for about 3 to 5 minutes. Season with salt if needed. Serve in a bowl while it's still hot. Bon Appetit!