Calamari Pasta

Calamari Pasta

Tonight is the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes which is Christmas Eve Italian Style.  Serving seven types of seafood is customary, but serving just a few seafood dishes will make a delicious “meatless” evening.


1 Pound Penne Pasta

6 Tablespoons Olive Oil

9 Minced Garlic Cloves

1 1/2 Teaspoons Red Pepper Flakes

6 Diced Plum Tomatoes

2 Pounds Calamari (Squid)

Juice of One Lemon

1 Cup Chopped Fresh Parsley

1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper

Clean and slice the calamari tentacles and tubes into rings.  Set aside.  Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Add the pasta and cook until just tender.  Drain the pasta.  Do not rinse the pasta.  In a large size skillet heat the olive oil over a medium high heat.  Add the minced garlic, diced tomatoes, salt , pepper and pepper flakes.  Cook for 2 minutes.  Stir occasionally.  Add the calamari and cook for 3 minutes.  Stir in the lemon juice and cook for another 4 minutes.  Add the parsley.  Add the drained pasta to the skillet and toss until heated through.  Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  Serve immediately.  Serves 8


    Victoria has been cooking and writing recipes since she was a a young girl. Originally from Nebraska, her appreciation for culinary technique took off when she moved to Lyon, France. Victoria is published in Hearst Newspapers, Greenwich Free Press, New Canaanite, and more.

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