Squid ink pasta is a great way of adding extra drama and flavour into simple pasta dishes, this great recipe comes together in around 20 minutes and is always a winner.
Squid Ink Pasta with Bacon, Spinach and Capers.
This squid ink pasta recipe with bacon, spinach and capers is not the first time the very dramatic black pasta has appeared here on Krumpli.
I love the stuff, it adds so much drama to a dish but also a subtle but great flavour.
The obvious pairing with squid ink pasta is fish as in my squid ink spaghetti with shrimp and fennel. But it really works well with a host of other flavours too, anything that works well with fish or seafood is your mojo. Peas and salami are a great option, a combination I have used in this squid ink spaghetti recipe as well as in this superb pan-fried cod recipe.
Here, however, I have gone with bacon for the salty and meaty flavour, capers for the zingy high notes and some spinach for the iron richness. Of course, we have a little garlic because, well garlic and tomatoes for a little sweetness.
This simple pasta recipe in all of its dramatic glory also takes less than 25 minutes to cook. I mean how easy is it to impress someone with food?
What Does Squid Ink Pasta Taste Like?
The flavour of squid ink is not as strong as you may imagine. It adds a light salty and almost ‘oceanic’ or ‘ozone’ flavour to recipes it is used in.
Subtlety is good in food too, it is not all about shouting and insanely big flavours. Says the dude who loves shouty big flavours.
Squid ink in pasta also changes the texture a little and creates something I find really quite wonderful. Pasta is in the main just egg and flour so even the smallest addition can have a dramatic effect.
For me, the pasta almost becomes silkier or more velvety, which makes al dente pasta so much more special.
Squid ink has been used for millennia and it certainly is not a new ‘thing’. In years gone by we would not have wasted any part of any animal we sourced for food. So it is only natural that a use for the ink of a squid would have been found.
But it is not just about squid ink pasta, there is a glorious risotto dish featuring squid ink. A recipe I am really eager to make, alas finding the ink on its own is pretty tough here in Hungary.
Simple Pasta Recipes.
This simple squid ink pasta recipe is perfect quick summer food if you ask me… 10 minutes prep time and 10-15 minutes cooking time really helps keep the temperature in the kitchen down.
However, pasta is always a hearty and filling meal too, summer is often draining so I definitely need hearty meals at this time of year.
I have a host of pasta recipes like this that are not overloaded with heavy sauces. Just olive oil and great seasonal ingredients are all you really need.
Peas are wonderful at this time of year and add such a great sweetness to simple pasta recipes.
I have a more than a few pea pasta recipes here on Krumpli. This pesto, pea and goats cheese spaghetti is superb. But you can go in a slightly different direction and create a wonderful pea ‘velouté’ and use it as a sauce or dressing for rigatoni pasta.
Go ahead tell me your favourite simple but tasty summer pasta recipe. I would love to give them a spin!