Squid Ink Pasta with Shrimp


I tried squid ink pasta for the first time a few years ago, but could never work up the courage to make this. I went to Eataly a few weeks ago & was inspired when I saw the fresh squid ink pasta. I loved topping this with fresh Mozzarella vs melting it into the pasta, but if you want a dairy free pasta it's great without the Mozzarella cheese as well.


  • 1 pound pasta (squid ink, I purchased this at Eataly, it's about $8/lb.)
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella (optional - room temp)
  • 2 plum tomatoes (seeded & diced)
  • 1 red pepper (diced)
  • 3 garlic cloves (sliced)
  • 1 pound shrimps (tail on, deveined)


  1. Bring a pot of water to boil. Add olive oil & a little salt then throw in the squid ink pasta.
  2. After about 2-5 minutes drain the pasta. (Depending on where you got the pasta from, it might be best to follow those instructions.
  3. Season the shrimp with 1 tbsp. olive oil, 1 clove of garlic, some sea salt & black pepper, and squeeze half a lemon.
  4. I used the same pot that I cooked the pasta in because I hate washing dishes, to cook the shrimp. I cooked the shrimp until it was slightly pink & got a little bit smaller. (about 5 minutes) Then I transferred the shrimp to another plate.
  5. Add in the tomatoes & red peppers. The tomatoes will cook down into a little bit of a sauce & the red peppers will be firm but steamed.
  6. Throw in the squid ink pasta, add 1tbsp olive oil, pinch of salt & black pepper, other half of lemon & throw in the shrimp. Mix well.
  7. Plate the pasta & if you'd like to add mozzarella, this would but the time to tear it up & throw it on top.


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