Squid ink pasta makes for a dramatic visual presentation, but there’s more to this dish that just looks. A simple Italian classic, it’s as perfect for a weeknight meal as it is for Sunday family dinner.
Nothing takes me back to the Italian coastal towns during the summertime like this recipe of squid ink pasta with a tomato and garlic based sauce.
Squid ink pasta, black as a moonless night, hails from Sicily. The ink of the squid gives the pasta a trace of the sea, a touch of the coastline in every bite. Alongside, a sauce of tomatoes and garlic, as staple to the Mediterranean as the sea is to the coast.
The sauce balances earthy sweetness with a punchy edge, a perfect partner for the pasta. In many traditional Italian recipes you find along the coast, the sauce is colored black with more squid ink to add additional drama to the dish – but that’s not necessary from a flavor perspective.
Francesco Romano was born in Italy and has been living in America for 25 years. As he was growing up, he didn't realize how spoiled he was! He had two of the best chefs under one roof, his Grandmother Nonna Sara and his Mama Francesca, who made every meal from scratch and with love. As a kid, he would sit in the kitchen for hours while these women were hard at work, enjoying the smells, tasting when he was allowed to, and later being put to work to help make fresh pasta. It wasn’t until he was a grown up, moved away from home, and later to America, that he understood how much of his heritage and family centered on food. It was always made from fresh seasonal ingredients and was a way of bringing the family together to savor, to bond and to enjoy. On his site you WILL find mouth-watering food that is fresh, easy and authentic Italian, straight from my Mama’s kitchen to yours.