Sunday, October 21, 2012

Seafood Squid Ink Pasta

You have probably seen and tried squid ink pasta on menus at your favorite restaurant. Besides  looking cool,  the black pasta is mildly fishy and salty on its own. Studies had shown that some substance in squid ink can stop cell tumor cells from invading and migrating, meaning it can slow the spread of cancer.

After reading Anne's post on Penne with bolognese sauce and having a satisfying seafood squid ink pasta meal at one of our favourite Italian restaurants, Prego, last week, I suddenly had a craving for home-made pasta. Incidentally, wife bought some squid ink pasta recently and I decided to recreate the Prego seafood squid ink pasta at home for our Sunday lunch.


1 packet Squid Ink Pasta (250g)
1-2 big Squid (Cut into rings)
12-14 fresh prawns (Remove shells, keep heads and tails intact)
2 tomatoes (Chopped)
4 cloves garlic
2 cloves shallots
1 bottle tomato spice sauce (or any good pasta sauce)
A bunch of Basil leaves
2 tbsp Olive oil
1 tbsp mixed dried herbs
1/2 cups white wine


Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir shallot and garlic until tender, before brown. Season with dried herbs, salt, and black pepper. Stir in fresh tomatoes. Add wine and tomato sauce. Simmer for 4-5 minutes. 

Stir seafood into tomato mixture; cook and stir until seafood are cooked, about 4-5 minutes. Turn off the fire.

Combine seafood mixture and pasta, and divide among 4 plates. Sprinkle fresh Basil and serve immediately.


  1. That looks and sounds delicious! I have seen these black pasta on TV but have never tried them. I don't see it in our supermarkets either. I'd really like to try it some day.

    1. It might not be available in normal supermarket... try the gourmet supermarket.

  2. Looks so good ! Tempted to try out this dish. Where did you gettge squid ink pasta ?

    1. If you are in Singapore, you can get it from supermarkets like Cold Storage, Jason's or even Fairprice Finest.

  3. Oh wow ! That dish looks delectable ! I think I need a plateful or two of your pasta ! :D The flavor combo sounds really great . The squid ink pasta certainly looks gorgeous ! Haven't tried it though but will check it out at our local supermarket :D So , when are you going to put up your own restaurant ?! lol

    1. Yes, the pasta was good! :)

      Opening a restaurant remains a dream and honestly I do not have the balls to take the plunge... :) Maybe Chef@Home concept to start with.

      I am enjoying my cooking for my friends and family at my own Restaurant 2706 for now. Ha!

  4. Wow, the perks of living with a chef is that you get to have amazing meals at home. Haha! Just look at the fine recipe you’re sharing with us all the time. This seafood squid ink pasta really looks delectable, and I bet your kids loved it. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    Megan Anderson @ Cafe Fina


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