Squid Ink Pasta with Shrimp and Tomatoes

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I’m back! My blog had some technical difficulties in the last two weeks… and now I’m up and running and happy to now be sharing this great recipe!

Bon Appetit! It’s that happy phrase you hear right before taking a sumptuous bite.  It often infers celebrating with friends after many hours of planning, careful prepping of food and fluffing of the house.  There are usually hands in the air with the sweet sound of clinking glasses. But in this case it was my voice yelling “Bon Appetit!” when opening the mailbox to find the March edition of one of my favorite food magazines, Bon Appetit.

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Especially when I saw the cover and title, “The New Rules of Pasta”.  Yes, I did my happy dance.  Thankfully no one was around.  The article highlights some of today’s unique ingredients and how they are changing the traditional and expected tastes of pasta dishes.  These ingredients can range from hearty greens, unusual wheat, chopped fresh nuts, to Asian spices and condiments.

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When the author mentions that one of his latest pasta meals was enjoyed at one of our local restaurants, Rolf and Daughters, I knew then that I had to try and recreate the gorgeous cover of Squid Ink Pasta with Shrimp and Tomatoes.  Chef Philip Krajeck, who has been garnering national attention for years, is referred to as a “modern pasta savant”.  Woohoo!  Right here in Nashville!  Plus I’ve had a package of Squid Ink Pasta in my pantry just waiting for this opportunity.  “The World is Full of Pastabilities®!” my friends!  But you already knew that. 🙂

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Forget regular spaghetti for a second and imagine a plate of beautiful pasta made with “ancient grains” like Kamut, Matt or Farro.  My favorite producer of these incredibly delicious, high quality pasta is Felicetti, located in the mountains of the Dolomites in Italy.  This family run business approaches the making of Monograno Felicetti pasta like artists, carefully and deliberately.  Ricardo Felicetti is laser focused on the purest quality ingredients as well as environmentally sound production.  He is a passionate pasta producer who we are happy to say is also a friend.  When you experience the taste, you’ll understand what I am talking about!  You can read all about it here.

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OK – back to my Squid Ink Pasta with Shrimp and Tomatoes.  The cover photo shows the exotic flavor and color of Squid Ink Pasta.  Squid ink (commonly from Cuttlefish) gives the pasta a slightly salty and rich flavor.  It is not commonly or easily manufactured due to the messy stains the ink can produce.  So I buy it in specialty stores when I see it, and keep it for a seafood inspired dish.  If you missed our other inspired shrimp dish, be sure check out our Shrimp, Avocado, and Spinach Pasta with Mango Vinaigrette.

Bon Appetit Magazine’s recipe calls for a specialty ingredient called “nduja”.  This is a spreadable salami of sorts that adds depth and flavor to many recipes and even can be used on sandwiches.  Of course I had no nduja on hand, and was too eager to wait to order some.  So I substituted their recommendation of additional olive oil and red pepper flakes, knowing that it wasn’t quite equal.  In fact, the dish was delicious, but it did lack some depth.  Next time, in lieu of nduja, I’m adding finely chopped salami to add some punch.

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Pasta lovers, it is time to explore and expand your everyday pasta palates with this Squid Ink Pasta with Shrimp and Tomatoes.  Let’s continue to introduce new ingredients and flavors as we create and celebrate one of our favorite foods – pasta!  Bon Appetit!


Squid Ink Pasta with Shrimp and Tomatoes

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A lusciously rich squid ink pasta dinner! The shrimp, tomatoes, and red pepper add layers of flavor…a seafood lovers paradise! Recipe from Bon Appetit Magazine March 2015


  • 12 ounces Squid Ink linguine or other squid ink long shape
  • 1 pound shell on shrimp
  • 3 T. olive oil, divided
  • 6 cloves garlic, 2 smashed, 4 thinly sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup pureed whole peeled tomatoes (I used Italian imported)
  • 4 oz. nduja (or 4 oz. finely diced salami)
  • Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Peel and devein the shrimp, keeping shells aside. Chop shrimp and set aside.
  2. Heat 1 T. oil in a medium sauce pan over med-high and cook the smashed garlic, stirring until golden, about 1 minute. Add shrimp shells and cook, stirring, until bright pink, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add bay leaf and 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until stock is slightly reduced, 8-10 minutes. Strain through fine mesh sieve into a large bowl and discard solids.
  4. Heat remaining 2 T. oil in a large skillet over med-high heat. Add finely diced salami (if substituting for nduja) and cook for about 2 minutes. Add sliced garlic and cook, for about 1 more minute until fragrant. Remove from heat and carefully add tomatoes and 1 cup stock. Note: Mixture may sputter. Return to heat and cook until sauce begins to thicken, about 3-5 minutes. If you are using njuda, Add it at this point, using a wooden spoon to work it into sauce. Reduce and simmer, stirring occasionally, until flavors have melded, about 3 minutes. Stir in reserved shrimp and cook until opaque, approx. 2 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot of salted water, stirring occasionally, until very al dente (pasta will still be opaque and very firm in the center). Drain pasta, reserving 1 1/2 cups of the pasta water.
  6. Add pasta and 1 cup pasta water to sauce and cook, tossing often and adding more cooking liquid to help finish cooking pasta, until pasta is al dente and sauce is thickened (but still saucy) and coats pasta, about 5 minutes.
  7. Add lemon juice and 1/4 cup parsley. Toss.
  8. Season with salt and pepper according to taste.
  9. Serve pasta topped with more fresh parsley.


Stock can be made 1 day ahead. Let cool, cover and chill. Wrap tightly and chill shrimp separately.

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  1. Larry Kadt on August 20, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Did I misunderstand your squid ink pasta dish about using diced salami? You said to sauté salami and garlic and then add stock and tomatoes. Then you said if your using salami add it now to sauce????Isn’t it already in the sauce? Att any rate will only use it once and see what happens. Am a pasta freak(eat it at least 3/4 x week. Often heard of ink squid pasta but never tried it. Looking forward to cooking this tonight and thank you!

    • carey on August 21, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      Hey Larry! So excited you are trying this recipe!! I know you’ll love the texture and taste of the squid ink pasta…anyway, good question about the salami…if depends if you are using diced salami or the nduja….if you are substituting diced salami, you are to saute the diced salami early in step 4. If you are using the nduja, you’ll add it later in the step….I guess I could word that a bit clearer…you are right though, salami once is enough! Please let me know how you like this…can’t wait to hear!

  2. Pat on April 2, 2015 at 11:22 am

    looks cool but I am vegetarian so not for me!

    • carey on April 2, 2015 at 9:44 pm

      Hummmm….just leave off the shrimp (and the njuda)! The tomatoes and sauce are wonderful alone…even if not this particular recipe, try squid ink pasta! Is “ink” OK for vegetarians??

  3. Gina Gallagher on April 1, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    I love seafood dishes. This is right up my alley! Can’t wait to try this recipe.

  4. Candace Galan-Calderon on April 1, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Different, but probably pretty good.

  5. Kathy B. on April 1, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    I missed your blogs over the past 2 weeks! I’m so glad your back up and running!!!

    • carey on April 1, 2015 at 8:29 pm

      Thanks Kathy! Stay tuned for some other yummy recipes coming up!

  6. Gem on April 1, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Hmmm, this is the first time I have heard of squid ink pasta, but the dish does look tasty. Am happy to have learned something new in the food world today!

    • carey on April 1, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      It’s not commonly found in the average grocery store but definitely worth a try! I think you’d like it!

  7. carol naes on April 1, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    interesting, but I would never eat this…

    • carey on April 1, 2015 at 8:30 pm

      Carol! You might be surprised! But I appreciate your honesty!

  8. wendy sulek on April 1, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    This is different but I would love to try!

  9. Kina on April 1, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Squid Ink?! Umm… I will take your word for it lol

    • carey on April 1, 2015 at 1:11 pm

      Promise – it’s really good! Sounds strange but it is not a strong flavor…just makes the pasta a bit richer!

  10. HOPE ROETTING on April 1, 2015 at 11:50 am

    I never heard of squid ink pasta before but now I will look for it in the store.

  11. brandi ellison on April 1, 2015 at 11:36 am

    this looks delish! and i love the way you make the instructions easy to follow!

  12. Rhonda Hagymiller on April 1, 2015 at 11:29 am

    We eat squid all the time down south by the gulf but never have I eaten anything made with squid ink! Interesting to say the least,

    • carey on April 1, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      Well now you can! The gulf gives you all you need for the toppings! Let me know if you try it!

  13. Kim Davis on April 1, 2015 at 11:02 am

    This sounds delicious. I would love to try it out.

  14. Lois Hatcher on April 1, 2015 at 10:59 am

    very enticing

  15. Kari Judd on April 1, 2015 at 10:43 am

    I am Excited to try this!!

  16. Jennifer Essad on April 1, 2015 at 10:00 am

    interesting recipe, something I’ve not tried #‎WackyWednesday‬ love your April Fools way of saying hello

  17. Cheryl Larimer on April 1, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Now THAT is interesting. Love to try new flavors and expose the family to different options.

    • carey on April 1, 2015 at 11:00 am

      Well thanks to Bon Appetit magazine! I actually just ordered the njuda from Amazon and will remake again…plan on reporting back the results – yum!!

  18. Jennifer Hedden on April 1, 2015 at 8:42 am

    I have never heard of squid ink pasta. I would love to try it though.

  19. Kim Pruett on April 1, 2015 at 8:35 am

    The squid Ink Pasta dish looks very good, article was great too.

    • carey on April 1, 2015 at 11:01 am

      Thanks Kim! Appreciate you reading the post!!

  20. Margaret Buchanan on April 1, 2015 at 8:16 am

    I would give it a try 🙂

    • carey on April 1, 2015 at 11:01 am

      Please do and let me know what you think…it is delicious! And unique!

  21. Karla on April 1, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Looks delicious, though I have to admit, the squid ink makes me a little nervous!

    • carey on April 1, 2015 at 11:06 am

      I know but it shouldn’t! You will love the taste!

  22. Sheila Vives on April 1, 2015 at 7:23 am

    A very unique and different recipe.

  23. Pauline Vrbanic on April 1, 2015 at 6:57 am

    sounds interesting

    • alma brand on April 1, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      look very interesting and to be honest look really tasted!would not mind trying something new..

      • carey on April 1, 2015 at 1:10 pm

        Thank you! Please try it!

    • Kaley Allen on April 12, 2015 at 4:01 am

      Can’t wait 2 try! Thanks so much.

      • carey on April 14, 2015 at 9:35 am

        Enjoy! Hope you like it!

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