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Linguine with Calamari

Linguine with Calamari

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This Linguine with Calamari dish is delicious and full of Greek flavours.

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 calamari in advance or if you use frozen calamari this dish does not take more than half an hour to prepare.

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Linguine with Calamari

Serves: 5 – 6

Preparation time: 15 minutes or 30 minutes (to clean calamari)

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet linguine (500 grams)
  • 500 grams of baby calamari, cleaned and cut into small pieces
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 – 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ½ cup red dry wine
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 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
  • 100 grams feta, cubed
  • 10 large torn fresh basil leaves

Directions:

  1. Clean and wash calamari.  Set aside to drain.   See how to clean calamari  here.
  2. Heat olive oil in a pan over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then sauté onion until translucent.  Add the garlic and sauté, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add the calamari and sauté, stirring until it releases its juices. Add wine and stir until the alcohol evaporates and then add salt and pepper, bay leaves and tomatoes.
  4. Bring to a boil, cover with the lid, reduce the heat and simmer, stirring regularly.
  5. Meanwhile cook pasta al dente according to the instructions on the package.
  6. In a non stick frying pan add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sauté the mushrooms and the peppers for 2 minutes.
  7. When the squid is soft it should remain with just a little sauce. Discard the bay leaves and add the pasta, mushrooms, peppers, olives, capers, feta and basil leaves and mix for a few seconds.
  8. Serve immediately.

 

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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.

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi!

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Rosie

Thursday 18th of September 2008

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

Rosie x

Fearless Kitchen

Wednesday 17th of September 2008

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.

Psychgrad

Wednesday 17th of September 2008

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!

Bellini Valli

Wednesday 17th of September 2008

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

Ivy

Wednesday 17th of September 2008

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.

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