This dish is perfect for those who want bewitching meal on Halloween or if you are throwing a spooky dinner party bash. The squid ink pasta is certainly impressive and the whole dish is easy to whip up. But warning though, the ingredients can be fairly pricey. Due to my foodie tastebuds I was gifted the Carluccio’s Nduja, Pasta and Pepperocini. You can buy these from a Carluccio’s deli.
However, don’t let the price put you off the dish itself, it really is a fantastic spicy pasta that will certainly tantalise your tastebuds. This is also one of those pasta dishes that comes together all in the last minute so you may be pretty chilled for the first half hour but in the last 10 minutes you will be frantically adding and stirring things to the pan.
The inspiration for the name came from when I first made the pasta dish a couple of months ago. The combination of black spaghetti, spicy njudja, tomato and hot chilli was a spooky sight. My creative juices came to overspill as it did look fairly gruesome and thus reminded me of Caravaggio’s painting of Medusa that I saw in Florence this summer. I decided to add prawns, multicoloured tomatoes and spinach to this dish to further exacerbate the gothic, grotesque appearance and also enhance the flavours.
From adding the prawns I also thought of a new name for this dish – Ursula’s pasta perhaps? It certainly could also take on that identity or be a myriad of the two. Whichever myth or villain you prefer you can decide what this pasta is called but lo and behold – Medusa Pasta. I paired this dish with a delicious Waitrose Rosato, an Italian rose that was blush in colour and was lightly fizzy and sweet.
Prep – 15 mins, Cook time – 30 mins.
- 250g of squid ink spaghetti
- 2 cloves of garlic – finely chopped
- A large handful of different coloured tomatoes – halved
- A large handful of spinach – washed
- 2 tbps of nduja
- 1 tsp of Crema de Pepperocini
- 1 tsp of Oregano
- A packet of raw king prawns
- A squeeze of tomato puree
- Boil a large saucepan (or we could call it today a small cauldron cause Halloween)of water, add salt and olive oil.
- Add the 250g of Squid Ink Spaghetti, aka Medusa’s hair, Ursula’s tendrils….
- Leave to boil for 12 minutes. In the meantime, chop the garlic and halve the cherry tomatoes.
- Heat a dash of olive oil in a frying pan and on a high heat add the garlic, King prawns, tomatoes, and oregano. Lower the heat and stir till the prawns are pink.
- Add the tsp of Pepperocini, honestly this stuff is incredibly hot so only a tiny amount is needed.
- Mix all together and then add the cooked pasta. Combine everything together.
- Add the nduja paste and stir heavily to make sure everything is thoroughly combined, season with salt and pepper.
- Take the pan off the heat and add the spinach, stir till wilted in the pan.
Serve with grated parmesan if you prefer and garlic bread. So so delicious and easy!
Have an amazing Halloween!!
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