Calamari and pasta

June 9, 2016

Super simple and satisfying. I could just say, "make your favorite pasta sauce, add the calamari and simmer for 5 minutes, then serve with pasta and wine," but I know some folks enjoy a good list so here goes.... But first! Clean those beauties in a couple easy steps - check the VIDEO

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 tsp. dried Italian herbs 

  • 8 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 small yellow onion, minced

  • sliced fresh mushrooms, zucchini, broccoli, or whatever sounds good

  • 1 slurp or 3 tbsp. red wine if you want to be specific

  • 1 (28-oz.) cans whole peeled tomatoes in juice, crushed (or large jar of fave pasta sauce)

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 lb. cleaned calamari, bodies cut into 1⁄4″-wide rings

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste, plus red chile flakes if you're feeling spicy

  1. Boil some water for your pasta, cook it wilPut on some nice tunes and pour yourself a drink. Dance  little. Heat oil in an medium saucepan over medium-high heat until it's shimmering

  2. Add onion, let it cook for a few minutes, then add your garlic and other veg (or not!), cook about 6 minutes more

  3. Splash in some wine, stir it around, let it cook down

  4. Add tomatoes (or sauce), bay leaf, and reduce heat to a low simmer

  5. Stir in calamari and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and, in my case, lots of red chile flakes

  6. Toss with your favorite pasta and voila! You're practically in Italy. Buon appetito!


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