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Linguine with kalamari

Pasta is one of our family’s favourite dishes and and when I have lots of work to do I always resort to a pasta dish.   I put this dish together using ingredients I had at home.  If you have cleaned the kalamari in advance or if you use frozen kalamari this dish does not take more than half an hour to prepare.

Serves: 5 – 6

Preparation time: 5 minutes or 15 minutes (to clean kalamari)

Cooking time: 30 minutes


  • 1 packet linguine (500 grams)
  • 500 grams of baby kalamari, cleaned and cut into small pieces
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 – 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup red dry wine
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 kilo fresh ripe tomatoes, peeled and blended or 1 can (500 grams) whole tomatoes, blended
  • 10 kalamata olives, pitted and cut into pieces
  • A few pieces (about 1/2 cup) f fresh red, yellow and green bell peppers
  • 4 agaricus (button) mushrooms cut into slices
  • 1 tablespoon drained bottled capers, rinsed, patted dry
  • 10 large torn fresh basil leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste


Wash kalamari and clean  as follows:

Cut the head off and keep just the tentacles making sure to remove the white small ball in between them. Then remove the backbone from inside the Kalamari and remove everything inside and wash well. Then cut into two or three pieces.

Heat olive oil in a pan over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then sauté onion and garlic, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add kalamarki and sauté, stirring until it releases its juices. Add wine and stir until the alcohol evaporates and then add bay leaves and tomatoes and reduce heat and simmer, stirring.

Meanwhile cook pasta al dente according to the instructions on the package.

In a non stick frying pan add 1 spoonful of olive oil and sauté the mushrooms and the peppers for 2 minutes.

When the squid is soft it should remain with just a little sauce. Remove the bay leaves and add the pasta, mushrooms, peppers, olives, caper and basil leaves and simmer, stirring, 30 seconds.

Add salt and pepper.

I am submitting this recipe to Psychgrad, of Equal Opportunity Kitchen, who is hosting one of my favourite events, Presto Pasta Nights, created by Ruth, of Once Upon a Feast.

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17 Responses

  1. Ivy, my mouth is watering looking at this. Considering that I just had baked beans on toast for dinner (my excuse is I was making a complex cake and couldn’t be bothered cooking dinner too!), I could do with a large serve of this right now.

  2. I can’t wait to see your lovely cake. I was baking muffins this morning.

  3. Lovely Ivy…love the addition of the olives and all that saltiness! (I made banana bread today!…LOL)

  4. Nice to see you add mushrooms here…I’ve found them to compliment seafood very well.

  5. Hi Ivy
    how r u?

    Delicious & yummy…

  6. Ivy this looks so good, I love kalamari but never had it with pasta. You have an award waiting for you at my blog ;o)


  7. Peter G, ha, ha, I was making banana and chocolate muffins.

    Peter M, I love mushrooms in pasta and have been using them a lot lately.

    Sripriya, thanks I’m fine. Hope you are well as well.

    Maria, thanks a lot, coming over to pick it up.

  8. I guess, we mamis, all do the same… when we are in a hurry and couldn’t think about a proper meal… pasta is on the table! Not that pasta is not proper, but it’s just so easy and fast and everybody likes it!
    Kalamari and mushrooms make a delicious combo 😀

  9. Ben

    I love that combination, my friend. I need to eat more seafood even if I have to spend more money. That’s one of my goals for this season 🙂

  10. Oh yum Ivy! That looks great! I haven’t ever made pasta with calamari before, silly me! Pasta is one of our quick go-to foods as well! I would certainly love a plate of this!

  11. Vij

    hi ya
    This is my first time here…u have a lovely space…
    Pasta is one of my most fav dishes… calamari is sumthin new to me..have never used them in pastas!..

    I am pretty new to this blogging world…jus popped in to say my hi

  12. Looks yummy 🙂
    Thanks for sharing the cleaning process of squids!

  13. Hi everybody and thanks for your lovely comments.

    Vij, welcome to our company and hope to be seeing you more often. You have a lovely blog as well.

  14. Pasta is something I resort to as well I am rushed. Your sauce sounds so flavourful with the baby squid:D

  15. This would be a delicious meal! I’ve never tried to make squid before, but it’s on my list of things to try. Thanks for the submitting to this week’s Presto Pasta Nights!

  16. This looks great. Both pasta and calamari are great tools for a cook who’s pressed for time. My husband would love this twice as much because you have capers! The mushrooms are an unusual touch – I’d bet they’re really tasty.

  17. Oh my goodness Ivy this is such a mouth-watering delicious dish!

    Rosie x

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