Monday, December 5, 2011


Last night me and my cookie had left over fresh calamari to use and half a pound of pasta shells.  So, of course nothing sounded better to me than to mix the two together here is what I did.

2cups of 2% milk
~3/4 cup of flour (sifted)

1/4 cup olive oil
 2 garlic cloves
 to taste chili paste or sauce
2 cups calamari ( fresh or frozen sliced)
2 cups of spinach (leaves chopped)
1 cup of tomatoes (chopped small)
2 large roasted red peppers (cut small)

1/2 lb of medium pasta shells

First cook the spinach tomatoes and red peppers in the olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper, just until wilted. Set aside.

In the meantime, start the pasta water.

Using the same pan, use slowly add milk and sifted flour, switching between milk and flour until the sauce is thick and yields about 2 cups.

Next add the chili paste or sauce.  Then, add the veggies, turn the heat down to low.

By this time the pasta should be about done.  Taste and if it has a little bite it is perfect! Also you will want to finish cooking the pasta in the sauce so that all the flavor is absorbed! (one of the best tricks I have ever learned! thanks Giada di Laurentiis)

Strain the pasta with a little pasta water and put it into the saucepan.  Keep the temperature on low.  Add the calamari and cook for less than 3 minutes.  Otherwise, it will get chewy and chewy calamari? yuck!

I hope you enjoy this! it was just kind of a spur of the moment thing.  Hence, the reason I love cooking.  You can use what you have and make an amazing meal.

xoxo Rachel


Katie said...

You had fresh calamari? You're so lucky! Yum!

Hannetjie McSeveney said...

Hey Rachel! This is a wonderful blog! Congratulations girl! You did it but you got me all hungry now! I am a pasta addict and eat it nearly everyday! Keep up the good work!