Bring Sicily to the Table with Pasta di Nero di Seppia

Bring Sicily to the Table with Pasta di Nero di Seppia

May 12, 2022Sadie Williams

We love a pantry pasta — a quick pasta bursting with flavor — particularly one that evokes a distinct place. This recipe calls to mind the raucous streets of Sicilian cities, where fishmongers sling tuna, swordfish, sea urchins, sardines, and more.

While the traditional recipe calls for fresh squid and ink, we always have a few tins of calamares en su tinta on hand, from purveyors like Güeyu Mar or José Gourmet. These tiny tin transportation devices, whose contents are cooked and packed right after being plucked from the oceans, offer the freshest seafood this side of Sicily.

Pasta di Nera di Seppia is easy to pull together for a weeknight meal, and equally impressive if you’re hosting a crew of friends. Pair with Sicilian reds, like this Cerasuolo or this Etna Rosso.


12 oz spaghetti, bucatini, or other long pasta
1/4 cup white wine
1/4 cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic
1 tsp red pepper flake
1/3 cup chopped parsley
1 tin squid in ink


1. Cook pasta in salted water until just under al dente. Set aside and reserve pasta water.

2. Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add a splash of olive oil, garlic, and chili flake, stirring to avoid burning.

3. Once the garlic has softened, add white wine and cover, cooking over medium heat to reduce wine.

4. Add drained pasta to the pan and toss to coat.

5. Remove from heat and add tin of squid and the ink. Toss well to combine, adding pasta water to thin as desired. Season with salt to taste.

6. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil and chopped parsley.


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