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Squid Spaghetti

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Introduction

I have always been emphatically anti-tomato when it comes to seafood sauces, liking my spaghetti alle vongole and any similarly conceived dish strictly in bianco. I don't renounce my previous preferences, but find I am now an enthusiastic consumer of the more southerly and less elegant red sauces, too. I certainly love the gutsiness of this fiery, tomatoey squid pasta. It has all the swagger and gusto of old-fashioned gangster food, which is all the more astonishing since the recipe comes via the coolly northern and irreproachably chic Anna del Conte.

I have always been emphatically anti-tomato when it comes to seafood sauces, liking my spaghetti alle vongole and any similarly conceived dish strictly in bianco. I don't renounce my previous preferences, but find I am now an enthusiastic consumer of the more southerly and less elegant red sauces, too. I certainly love the gutsiness of this fiery, tomatoey squid pasta. It has all the swagger and gusto of old-fashioned gangster food, which is all the more astonishing since the recipe comes via the coolly northern and irreproachably chic Anna del Conte.

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Ingredients

Serves: 4

Metric Cups
  • 3 x 15 ml tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 echalion shallot (peeled and finely chopped)
  • salt to taste
  • 1 clove garlic (peeled)
  • approx. 3 x 15 ml tablespoons chopped fresh parsley plus more to serve
  • ½ teaspoon dried chilli flakes
  • 1 x 400 grams can chopped tomatoes
  • 125 millilitres dry white wine or vermouth
  • 300 grams spaghetti
  • 450 grams cleaned squid (tubes cut into short strips and tentacles into bite-sized pieces)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 echalion shallot (peeled and finely chopped)
  • salt to taste
  • 1 clove garlic (peeled)
  • approx. 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley plus more to serve
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 x 14 ounces can diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup dry white wine or vermouth
  • 12 ounces spaghetti
  • 1 pound cleaned squid (tubes cut into short strips and tentacles into bite-sized pieces)

Method

  1. Put a large pan of water on to boil for the pasta.
  2. Heat the oil in a heavy-based pan that can take the spaghetti later, then add the chopped shallot and a sprinkling of salt. Cook, stirring, for a few minutes over a medium heat.
  3. Turn the heat down a little, then grate in (or mince and add) the garlic, sprinkle in the 3 tablespoons chopped parsley and the chilli flakes, stirring for 30 seconds or so before adding the can of tomatoes.
  4. Tip in the wine or vermouth, bring the sauce to bubble, then leave to cook at a robust simmer for 10 minutes until slightly thickened.
  5. At this point, you could salt the pasta water and cook your spaghetti, or you could stop here and reheat the sauce when needed.
  6. Cook the spaghetti according to packet instructions, though checking 2 minutes before it's due to be ready and remembering to remove a cupful of pasta-cooking water before draining.
  7. When the sauce has had its 10 minutes, stir the prepared squid into it, and by the time the sauce comes back to simmer the squid should be tender and just cooked through, but do check.
  8. Add a couple of tablespoons of reserved pasta water to the sauce, then tip the drained spaghetti into the squid sauce, adding more of the cooking liquid if you feel the sauce needs help to cling to the spaghetti strands. Sprinkle with some more parsley (but no cheese) on serving.
  1. Put a large pan of water on to boil for the pasta.
  2. Heat the oil in a heavy-based pan that can take the spaghetti later, then add the chopped shallot and a sprinkling of salt. Cook, stirring, for a few minutes over a medium heat.
  3. Turn the heat down a little, then grate in (or mince and add) the garlic, sprinkle in the 3 tablespoons chopped parsley and the chilli flakes, stirring for 30 seconds or so before adding the can of tomatoes.
  4. Tip in the wine or vermouth, bring the sauce to bubble, then leave to cook at a robust simmer for 10 minutes until slightly thickened.
  5. At this point, you could salt the pasta water and cook your spaghetti, or you could stop here and reheat the sauce when needed.
  6. Cook the spaghetti according to packet instructions, though checking 2 minutes before it's due to be ready and remembering to remove a cupful of pasta-cooking water before draining.
  7. When the sauce has had its 10 minutes, stir the prepared squid into it, and by the time the sauce comes back to simmer the squid should be tender and just cooked through, but do check.
  8. Add a couple of tablespoons of reserved pasta water to the sauce, then tip the drained spaghetti into the squid sauce, adding more of the cooking liquid if you feel the sauce needs help to cling to the spaghetti strands. Sprinkle with some more parsley (but no cheese) on serving.

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What 5 Others have said

  • I could totally imagine using big, juicy shrimp as well. And if you're daring, coriander instead of parsley! Thanks, Nige! x

    Posted by ashvinamarie on 10th June 2018
  • Cooked this for tea, delicious, husband loved it.

    Posted by ssaphire16 on 8th June 2018
  • Swapped the squid with mussels (the frozen pre cooked and shelled variety, a cheats way I know!).

    Posted by jimbo1308 on 7th June 2018
  • Love your daily recipes, thank you so much.

    Posted by janbuckley on 7th June 2018
  • Delicious

    Posted by Spamtastico on 24th July 2017
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