PASTA WITH FRESH CALAMARI


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PASTA WITH FRESH CALAMARI

Serves: 5 to 6

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking: 25 minutes

The simple and fresh flavors of tomatoes, parsley and garlic combined with calamari is a classic combination for this tasty dish.  You can choose different types of pasta shapes, but I love the calamari shaped pasta because it makes the dish more fun!

 Ingredients

400gr / 14 oz spaghetti, linguini or other pasta of your choice

500g  / 1 lb baby calamari, cleaned and chopped in small pieces

2-3 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed

Extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup white wine

200g / 7 oz cherry or grape tomatoes, chopped in small pieces

2-3 sprigs of fresh parsley, finely chopped

A pinch of red pepper flakes

Salt and pepper

Directions

In a sauté pan large enough to hold all the pasta, heavily coat the bottom with extra virgin olive oil. Sauté the garlic cloves over medium heat until they are golden, then immediately remove them.

Add the chopped tomatoes and sauté them for few minutes until soft.  Add the white wine and let it evaporate. Once evaporated, add the squid and cook until pink and soft, about 5-10 minutes. Usually baby calamari do not take a long time to cook, but if they are still hard after 10 minutes, cover the pan and continue to cook until tender. Season with salt and pepper. A minute or two before the calamari are finished cooking, add the red pepper flakes, sautéd garlic and half of the chopped parsley.

While the sauce is cooking, bring the pasta water to a boil. Salt the boiling water very well, then add your pasta and cook it al dente. Drain the pasta, saving some of the cooking water, and add the pasta to the sauce in the sauté pan. Lower the heat and toss the pasta with the baby calamari so that the pasta is well coated with the sauce. If the mixture is a tad dry or sticky, add some of the pasta water to help moisten it.

Season with fresh ground pepper and sprinkle some parsley on top with a drizzle of olive oil. Serve immediately.

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