As you may have guessed by its name, squid ink pasta gets its signature black coloring from the ink of a squid. That may sound strange but this addition gives the pasta a briny, oceanic taste that many diners find not only unique but incredibly tasty — and the perfect companion to a glass of Italian wine. For a deeper dive into this one-of-a-kind delicacy and how to pick and prepare the perfect squid ink pasta.
The Perfect Squid Ink Pasta
With a naturally flavor-rich profile, squid ink pasta does not require a ton of dressing up. Many recipes call for the addition of simple pan-fried shrimp, calamari, or scallops to compliment the saltiness of the noodles. However, we’re going for an even more simplified version featuring fresh lemon, garlic, and parmesan cheese to really let these noodles shine.
While squid ink pasta can come in an array of shapes and sizes, it is most commonly found as a spaghetti or linguine style pasta. For this particular recipe, we suggest using Black Squid Ink Pasta, Linguine, by Morelli to get an authentically Sicilian flavor. Morelli has been creating Italian pasta since 1860 with the 5th generation carrying on both the pasta-making traditions of their ancestors and their family legacy of excellence, so you can trust that you are in good hands. Read on for the simple Sicilian recipe of your dreams.