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Fideuá - Broken Pasta Paella

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Spanish
Keyword: broken pasta paella, fideua
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 309 kcal
Author: Platings & Pairings

This Fideuá recipe (also known as broken pasta paella) is a Catalan seafood specialty and is perfect for your next party! 



  • 1/2 pound extra-large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • ¾ pound mussels
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 ¾ cups chicken broth or stock 14 oz. can
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 4 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic divided (two minced and one sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 8 ounces thin spaghetti
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 1 14.5 ounce can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon . paprika
  • 1 teaspoon . smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon . anchovy paste
  • 1/4 cup dry vermouth or white wine
  • Salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley for garnish
  • Lemon wedges for garnish


  1. Peel and devein all but four of the shrimp, making sure to save the shells.
  2. Place the peeled and unpeeled shrimp in a medium bowl, and toss with 1 Tbs. oil, minced garlic, red pepper and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cover and place in fridge.
  3. Place the shrimp sells in another microwave-safe bowl. Add the water, stock and bay leaf. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 6 minutes.
  4. Break the spaghetti into small pieces. You can either place it in a large Ziploc bag, or place it between two towels, and break with your hands. The pieces should be 1-2 inches.
  5. Add 1 Tbs. oil to an oven-safe large skillet or paella pan and bring to a medium heat. Add the broken spaghetti and toast until it’s dark in color, being sure to toss constantly. It should take about 5-8 minutes for the pieces to turn deep golden brown.
  6. Remove the spaghetti from the pan and set aside. Wipe the pan clean.
  7. Drain the can of tomatoes well, using a mesh strainer to push the juices out.
  8. Add the remaining 2 Tbs. oil to the pan and bring to a medium-high heat. Add the onions and sauté until they start to soften. Season with salt.
  9. Add the tomatoes to the onions and sauté another 3 minutes. Add both paprikas, anchovy paste and sliced garlic. Reduce the heat if needed.
  10. Add the toasted spaghetti back to the pan and toss to coat. Pour the shrimp stock through a mesh strainer set over the pan, discarding the shells. Add the wine, and season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the spaghetti is mostly al dente.
  11. Preheat the oven to broil.
  12. Nestle the marinated shrimp and mussels into the pan and place under the broiler for about 5 minutes, until the shrimp is cooked through and the mussels have opened.
  13. Garnish with chopped parsley and lemon wedges to serve.
Nutrition Facts
Fideuá - Broken Pasta Paella
Amount Per Serving
Calories 309 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 103mg34%
Sodium 636mg28%
Potassium 327mg9%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 400IU8%
Vitamin C 10.9mg13%
Calcium 84mg8%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.