Fresh tomato sauce, squid and spaghetti
Sunday 30 June 2013
The secret to this dish lies in the tomatoes – you really do need them to be fragrant and ripe the way only sun-ripened tomatoes can be. So unless you're reading this from a deckchair on the Amalfi Coast, my advice would be scour the shops for the best tomatoes you can find, then leave them to ripen for a few more days on your windowsill for the flavours to become more concentrated.
750g/1lb 10oz very ripe tomatoes, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp toasted fennel seeds
1 red chilli, chopped
5 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to drizzle
800g/1lb 12oz cleaned squid, scored on the inside and cut into strips
1 tsp dried chilli flakes
Handful parsley leaves, roughly chopped
Stir the tomatoes, garlic, fennel seeds, chilli and olive oil into a large bowl and season with salt. Set aside.
Cook the pasta according to packet instructions. While the pasta cooks, rub the squid with a drizzle of olive oil.
Season and cook in a large frying pan over a high heat for 1-2 minutes, until cooked.
Toss the tomatoes and squid through the pasta with the parsley and serve immediately.
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