How To Make Pasta With Calamari

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Here’s a classic traditional recipe, by Italian Chef Chicca Maione. She can even teach you the art of making pasta with calamari in person through her cooking classes (If you are looking for a great vacation).

The simple fresh flavors of tomatoes, parsley, and garlic, combined with calamari is a classic combination for a dish that tastes so good. You can choose different types of pasta shapes if you’d like. Try the calamari shaped pasta to have more fun in the dish!

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Let’s Make Pasta with Calamari!

Diet Considerations

  • Dairy-Free

Ingredients (Serves 5 to 6)

  • 500 g / 1 lb baby calamari, cleaned and chopped
  • 200 g / 7 oz cherry or grape tomatoes, chopped in small pieces
  • 400 g / 14 oz linguine or pasta of your choice
  • 2-3 sprigs of fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
  • a pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup white wine


Prep Time: 15 minutes.

Cook Time: 25 minutes.

  1. Start with olive oil and garlic

    In a pan large enough to hold all the pasta, pour abundant extra virgin olive oil to cover the bottom. Sauté the garlic cloves over moderate heat until they become golden then remove them.

  2. Add the Tomatoes

    Add chopped tomatoes and sauté them for few minutes until soft.

  3. Pour in the White Wine

    Add white wine and let it evaporate.

  4. Cook the Squid

    Add the squid and cook until pink and soft. Usually, baby calamari doesn’t take a long time to cook, about 5-10 minutes. If they look hard, cover the pan and cook until tender. Season with salt and pepper. A minute or two before the end, add the red pepper flakes and half of the chopped parsley.

  5. Boil the Pasta

    While the sauce is cooking, put the pasta water to boil. Salt the boiling water very well and add your pasta, cook it ‘al dente.’

  6. Drain the Pasta

    Drain the pasta, saving some of the cooking water. Add to the sauce in the pan.

  7. Mix

    Lower the heat and toss the pasta with the baby calamari so that the pasta is well coated with the sauce. If things are a bit dry or sticky, add some more pasta water to loosen things up.

  8. Season the Dish!

    Season with fresh ground pepper and sprinkle some parsley on top. Add a drizzle of olive oil.

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Plan it into your week

The best way to remember to make it is to plan for it. Learn about meal prep through our article Meal Prep 101, by dietician Shannon Costello.


Print out the ingredient list

Need the ingredients list on hand? Simply pull up the article on your phone (it’s mobile compatible) or click here to print it out.


Email Chicca for help

Chicca’s here to help. If you need assistance with the recipe, email her at


Take the class

Feeling adventurous? Take a trip over to Italy and take the class, led by Chicca, on how to make pasta with calamari (as well as many other amazing dishes)!

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About the Author

Chicca Maione

Chicca Maione

Italian Chef

Chicca is a Tuscan-based architect and passionate chef of home-cooked food. After many years of cooking for family and friends, she found her calling: teaching people how to cook authentic homemade food while sharing recipes and stories about her incredible culture. She has spread the traditional-Italian and typical-Tuscan cuisine in Italy and abroad for the past 19 years.
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* Recipe posted with permission from the author, Chicca Maione, at Cooking in Tuscany.

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