Last week I bought a big bag of frozen assorted seafood at Costco, and there was still a fair amount left in the freezer yesterday, so I came up with this dish, inspired by some recipes I'd read lately:
Slice (not chop) a medium onion and two or three bell peppers- I used a red and an orange- and a couple of sliced garlic cloves, and slowly saute everything over low heat in a decent amount of olive oil- say, about 1/4 cup. You want to cook them until everything is meltingly soft, which will take at least 20 minutes.
Add a pinch of saffron, maybe 1/4 teaspoon paprika- the Spanish smoked paprika, if you have it- and a few red pepper flakes.
Add an equal volume of your choice of seafood, fresh or frozen. The mix I bought had medium shrimp, bay scallops, squid rings, and mussels. Canned clams would be a good addition, too.
Cover and continue to simmer over low to medium heat until everything is cooked. You don't want it top boil, but you do want to see a few bubbles. Taste the liquid, and season with salt and fresh ground pepper. Add some fine minced parsley and toss.
Serve over your choice of pasta. I used gnocchi, but any pasta that's good at holding a thin sauce would work, like angel hair, or radditore