Calamari on Pasta

  • Serves

    serves 4-6

Italian fisherman's fare is, by necessity, simple and fast to prepare. We got this hearty concoction from a San Francisco "old stove"—Lou "the Glue" Marcelli—who learned it from his father.


  • 1 12 lb. squid, cleaned
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 (28-oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 12 cup chopped parsley
  • Salt
  • 1 lb. linguini or spaghetti
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Step 1

Cut squid bodies into 1⁄2" "rings." If the tentacles are large, cut them in half vertically. Set aside.

Step 2

Heat olive oil and butter together in a large saute pan. Add garlic and cook over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes. Add tomato sauce, 1⁄4 cup water, and white wine. Cook sauce over high heat for 5 minutes, until it reduces and thickens.

Step 3

Add all but 1 tbsp. of the parsley to the tomato sauce, lower heat, and simmer, uncovered, for about 15 minutes.

Step 4

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, then add linguini or spaghetti and cook until tender (time will vary according to freshness of pasta, but it should take at least 7 minutes). Drain well, shaking colander gently to remove excess moisture.

Step 5

Add calamari to tomato sauce, then remove pan from heat and allow to stand, covered, for 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the drained pasta and toss well. To serve, garnish with remaining parsley.

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