Another candidate for the “scary food” potluck at work was Spaghetti al Nero di Seppia, or pasta with squid in it’s own ink. Shocking, isn’t it? Really tasty too.
For this photo shoot I also used pasta with ink in the dough, which really added to the effect. It is not for the faint of heart but totally worth trying. I got the pasta and ink on Amazon.com, you can also find it at most specialty food stores.
My recipe calls for whole squid, however cleaning whole squid can be scary on it’s own, feel free to buy calamari rings instead. You can get them frozen at most markets.
Spaghetti al Nero di Seppia
1 onion, diced
5 garlic cloves, minced
1-2 packets of squid ink
4 medium sized calamari (squids), cleaned cut into pieces
1 can diced tomatoes, drained
1/3 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 tablespoon oregano
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Sautee onions in olive oil on a medium setting until soft, add garlic and sautee for a few more minutes. Add calamari, pepper flakes (more or less to liking) and herbs, then wine. Let wine cook down for 5 to 10 minutes, then add tomatoes and ink. Simmer for 30 minutes and serve over pasta with fresh parmesan, asiago or pecorino cheese.