Squid Ink Pasta With Shrimp and Scallops

Black squid ink pasta is paired with shrimp and scallops in a light white wine sauce in this Halloween-inspired pasta dish. [Photographs: Deborah Mele]

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About the Author: Deborah Mele is the owner of Italian Food Forever, an Italian recipe blog, as well as Recipe Rebuild, a healthy recipe blog she shares with her daughter Christy, an RD. Deborah lives 6 months a year in Umbria, Italy where she oversees her guest house Il Casale di Mele.

Squid Ink Pasta With Shrimp and Scallops

About This Recipe

Yield:Serves 4 to 6
Active time:20 minutes
Total time:20 minutes
This recipe appears in: Italian Easy: Squid Ink Pasta With Shrimp and Scallops


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, shells removed and deveined (tails optional)
  • 12 medium scallops
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/3 cup ripe, chopped seeded tomato
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup juice from 1 to 2 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 pound squid ink pasta


  1. 1

    Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Heat the oil in a heavy skillet over medium high heat until lightly smoking. Add the shrimp and sauté until opaque, about 1 minute each side. Remove to a plate. Reheat oil and cook the scallops until they too are opaque and lightly browned, 2 minutes each side. Remove the scallops to the plate with the shrimp and add the garlic to the pan. Cook, stirring often, until golden, about 2 minutes. Add the red pepper flakes, black pepper, salt, wine, tomato, and parsley, and cook over high heat until reduced by half, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the lemon juice and butter and return the seafood to the skillet, mixing well. Keep warm.

  2. 2

    Cook the pasta in a large pot of lightly salted water until it is al dente. Drain well, return to the pot along with the seafood. Toss well, and serve immediately.

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