Monday, August 27, 2007

Calamari Fettuccine


Again, this is a dish inspired by what I saw and read in other blogs. It was one of those moments where a lightbulb started blinking in my head. The thought of "Ah ah! I can make this on pasta day!"

So here were go. Me armed with red wine, tomato paste, chopped roma tomatoes and calamari pieces attacking the stove. It was an adventure that I enjoyed. Especially topped with a generous serving of Parmesan cheese and freshly cracked pepper. I wish I have some freshly chopped chili and basil at hand as it will definitely add a certain kick. It is not perfect and there are many versions to this. This is what I call a "warm and inviting dish". You can almost feel it beckoning to you...calling you....and saying "eatttt meeeeeeee". Best of all, you can wear a grin on your face and feel satisfied-in a guilt free manner!


Calamari Fettuccine (4 servings)
250grams of Fettuccine
1 cup of button mushrooms
chopped red onion
1 tablespoon of chopped garlic
4-5 roma tomatoes chopped
3 tablespoons of tomato paste
3/4 cup of Shiraz Cabernet.
1/2 cup of stock
Fresh calamari (i used about 100-200grams)
seasoning
Parmesan cheese-sliced


Method
1) Boil water. Salt it and cook fettuccine till al dente. Drain and keep warm.
1) Slice Calamari into desired cuts.
2) Saute onions and garlic. Add mushrooms.
3) Add stock and red wine. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and tomato paste. Stir well. Simmer for 10-15 mins till the liquid appears glossy and rich. Add seasoning.
4) Quickly add calamari. Once the calamari is cooked, add fettuccine.
5) Let it simmer for a while.
6) Dish it up. Serve with Parmesan cheese and a good dash of cracked black pepper.

13 comments:

boo_licious said...

Looks very good esp with the parmesan cheese on top!

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Sounds like a fun pasta dish!

ar said...

I like all the fresh ingredients (i.e. fresh tomatoes, mushrooms, basil) and the combination of all of them makes it a really yummy pasta dish :)

Little Corner of Mine said...

Delicious! Pass me some please..

daphne said...

Boolicious: Yes! I love parmesan cheese on pasta and risotto! It just provides a nice sharp taste doesn't it?

East meets west: Definitely!I had lots of fun making it. =) More fun eating it too.

ar: it's a pity the garden isn't providing basil and fresh chili during winter. There is always spring.

little corner of mine: Thanks! No problems..I have to fly over to US and you to Perth though! ;p

Jackson said...

oohh...red wine for pasta!! great! I cooked pasta but alwiz didnt add wine in it coz no wine at home...

daphne said...

jackson- u hv to start! It works wonders to pasta. I use white wine for cream base pastas as well.

Big Boys Oven said...

OMG! calamari..... my favourite ... with pasta... must be lovely.

daphne said...

big boys oven-sounds like u are a big seafood fan too!!!!

Kelly Mahoney said...

Thanks for coming over to my blog. This sounds like a great combination dish. As a Midwestern girl, I don't eat a ton of seafood, but I indulge every now and then.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

good stuff!..hmm u must have alot of booze leftovers to be able to find 3/4 cup for ur pasta..

daphne said...

Joe-actually I used up the red wine in this dish! Someone gave us that small bottle and I some previously but have that amount left. ;p

Big Boys Oven said...

I am a big seafood fan! lol

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