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Neapolitan Calamarata: photos and videos of the recipe for the first fish course


Calamarata with squid is a fun first course, whose name and appearance play with the similarity between pasta and shellfish.

As you can guess, the name of the calamarata pasta is due to its similarity with squid rings . Naturally it is a pasta format that lends itself to various preparations, but the one with squid is the traditional Neapolitan recipe and plays on the pleasant confusion between the ingredients.

Basically, when we talk about this recipe we are talking about a sauce made with squid, cherry tomatoes, garlic, parsley and oil. If you can't find the calamarata you can use another pasta format, such as half paccheri or normal paccheri . What do you say, shall we dive headlong into this delicious recipe? Here are all the photo steps and the video recipe .


How to make calamarata: original recipe

Clean squid and cut them

1. Wash and clean the squid by running them under tap water. The head, the internal hard part and the innards must be removed, leaving the internal bag whole. Then cut the fish into rings of about 2 centimeters. Keep the heads split in half.

Heat oil with garlic and add squid rings

2. While it is heating up, brown the garlic in the oil in a pan, then add the slices of squid. Cook over high heat for five minutes, browning them well.

Cut the cherry tomatoes

3. Wash the tomatoes and cut them into quarters, then temporarily set them aside for a few minutes.

Deglaze with wine and add the cherry tomatoes

4. Deglaze with the wine, add the cherry tomatoes, salt and pepper and lower the heat . Cover the pot with the lid and let it cook for 15 minutes.

Chop parsley and add it to the pan

5. Wash and chop the parsley, then when cooked, add it to the squid.

Cook the pasta al dente and add it to the pan with the sauce

6. Bring the water to a boil, adding salt when it starts to boil. Add the calamarata ( cooking time depends on the type of pasta) . Quickly drain it when cooked and, still a little wet, put it in the pan with the sauce.

Serve calamarata

7. Sauté it over high heat for less than a minute, then serve on plates with a drizzle of raw oil. The dish is ready, bon appetit!

If you liked our calamarata, try the other summer recipes too.

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The ideal would be to consume the calamarata immediately, in order to be able to enjoy it to the fullest. Alternatively, you can store it in the refrigerator , in an airtight container, for a couple of days at most

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