You may think calamari or squid is the preserve of fancy restaurants. But it can also be easily prepared at home in a variety of dishes, including pasta, fish stews and salads.
It’s also worth knowing that it’s high in vitamins B and C, as well as protein and copper, so it’s a great way to get your fix of these nutrients that play a vital role in keeping your body in top shape.
Vitamin B’s benefits include promoting healthy brain function, efficient digestion and the growth of cells.
Vitamin C is known for its role in boosting the immune system and fighting free radicals that damage the body’s cells.
Protein has many important roles in the human body, including helping cells to grow, the formation of antibodies that fight infection, and transporting nutrients through your bloodstream.
And copper is fantastic for helping your body to absorb iron and guarding against anaemia and osteoporosis (bone loss).
Enjoy this nutritious and tasty seafood in our sumptuous calamari recipe. This dish is a great introduction to calamari thanks to its simplicity and the luscious flavours that complement this seafood’s delicate taste.
This seafood dish tastes luxurious with the rich flavour of the tomatoes in the passata and the red wine, drawing out the calamari’s subtle flavour. Serve in an attractive large dish as the centrepiece of a special meal.
- Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large pan. Add the garlic slices and cook until they are just brown. Stir in the passata, wine, salt, sugar and chilli. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil (salted if you wish). Add the linguine pasta and cook for approximately 10 minutes or until firm when bitten (“al dente”), then drain.
- Introduce the calamari to the tomato mix. Simmer for around 15 minutes until the calamari is opaque if you are using it raw. If it’s pre-cooked, leave it in the pan just long enough for it to warm through. Take care not to over-cook the calamari or it will take on a rubbery texture.
- Serve the calamari and sauce on top of the drained linguine and garnish with the parsley and Parmesan cheese.
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