Eclectic Bistro Fare

September 23, 2008

Lazy Squid Noodle Dish

A silly dish I came up with yesterday, just to keep things inexpensive, turned out to be quite good! I really like a simple pasta fresca (butter and white wine with lots of garlic is usually the sauce for it) on a warm day. I twisted it to fit what we had in the fridge and cupboards ....

  • .65 lbs. fresh squid - $1.89
  • 1 lb. egg fettucine - dry
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 yellow patty pan squash
  • 9 yellow grape tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbs. parsley
  • 1/2 c. white wine
  • 4 tbs. cold butter
  • Parmesan cheese - grated
  • 3 tbs. E V Olive oil
  • sea salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • red chile flake -optional
  • 1/2 lemon - juiced

So while heating up my water and cooking the noodles, I prepped the squid (sorry no pics of that, my hands were messy) by pulling it apart at head and body, removing the insides, including the quill, and slicing out the section with the eyes and beak. Then I made a few more 1/2 in. slices on the body to give me rings and tentacles and rinsed them in water. I chopped up my veg and got my sautee pan hot and ready for the next went some olive oil and a pinch of salt and garlic and ever so briefly, (30 seconds) I sauteed my squid and set it aside in a bowl. Why did I do this step seperately?? Because I wanted to infuse flavor into the squid without over-cooking it. Then I wiped out the same pan with a paper towel and fired up my squash, tomatoes, shallots and more garlic with olive oil. When the fettucine was ready and the squash was tender, I drained the noodles and reserved a little pasta water to add to the vegetables. I then added my wine, parsley, salt, pepper and squid to the pan and let all that goodness reduce a little and added the butter and cheese. Serve it quick and done!

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