Squid Ink Sauce Spaghetti or Pasta Nera/Negro (Pasta Tinta Cumi) ala Dentist Chef

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Squid Ink Sauce Spaghetti or Pasta Nera/Negro

Squid ink pasta sauce is popular Italian cuisine. The squid ink pasta is called Pasta Nera or Pasta al nero di seppia in Italian,  Negro Pasta or Negre Pasta in Spanish. It’s have a very fresh sea aromas with a nice savoury hint. Just make sure u use a very fresh squid for this recipe. You can harvest squid ink by gently pulling the squid head then collect the ink sack from the squid. Squezze the black ink from the sack and it’s ready to use. Squid ink has been popular to coloring food, include famous  black homemade squid ink infused pasta or arroz negro, squid ink risotto.

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Squid Ink Sauce Spaghetti or Pasta Nera/Negro

The basic recipe for squid ink sauce is onion, garlic, tomato and squid ink.  You dan use sun dried tomato to for more deep flavour.For the quid ink, you can use freshly squezzed squid ink or the jarred quid ink for this recipe. My fried told me that squid ink is needed to sauteed or evaporated first while cooking to release the “sea” aromas. That’s why i pour the squid ink before adding the sun dried tomatoes. Season with a  good italian herbs and some chilli flakes to make some kick to the dish. I served the pasta with BLACKENED SALMON FILLET

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Blackened Salmon Fillet with Squid Ink Sauce Pasta

Squid Ink Sauce Spaghetti or Pasta Negro Recipe:


  • 125 grspaghtti pasta, cook with package instruction
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or truffle oil for drizzling
  • spinach salad for garnishing
  • diced yellow, red plum tomato and bird eye chillies for garnishing

Sun Dried Tomato and Roasted Pepper Sauce Recipe:

  • 1 tbsp squid ink (from 4-5 medium size squid)
  • 50 gr HOMEMADE SUN DRIED TOMATOES, soaked  with boiling water for 10 minutes, drained and finely chopped, reserve the liqid
  • *2 fresh tomato if you don’t have sun dried tomato*
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp  grated parmesan cheese
  • a pinch of oregano
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


How to Make Squid Ink Sauce:

  • Heat up the olive oil in a sauce pan, saute the onion and garlic until fragrance and slightly browned
  • Add the squid ink and let it evaporate a lil bit
  • Add the sun dried tomato and saute another minute
  • Pour the liquid from soaking sun dried tomato, season with salt, pepper, cheese and oregano, bring to boil
  • Simmer and reduce the sauce until thicken
  • Mix and toss the pasta to the sauce

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28 thoughts on “Squid Ink Sauce Spaghetti or Pasta Nera/Negro (Pasta Tinta Cumi) ala Dentist Chef

  1. I love pasta with squid ink. It always makes the dish look so dramatic! Your blackened salmon on black pasta looks fabulous.
    (Just a small correction: in Italian it would be called “pasta nera” but I have seen it most often as “spaghetti al nero di seppia” (negro is a Spanish, not Italian word).)

  2. I agree with Sissi, this is a very dramatic dish; I love the way you offset the salmon with the green, it’s better definition. I used to order squid ink pasta in restaurants but I’ve cut my carbs dramatically so I haven’t had it in years, this post has made me want to make it!

    • I used to served pasta with salad for color and crisp texture.
      Everybody is deserved a carbs Eva,
      you know, actually the one who neglect carbs as an energy source is tend to had a degenerative disease twice times larger….

  3. This dish looks so very elegant and I can say that I have eaten “black pasta” on more than one occasion before – it has such a distinct and wonderful taste. I can just imagine that if you top this lovely pasta with blackened salmon, it must be even more delicious – great recipe and wonderful pictures!

  4. This is one ingredient I miss using squid ink, we use them in spaghetti and a type of squid stew. I am not sure where to find it in where I am so I will just drool over that photo of yours

  5. Great recipe. I love the look of the sun dried tomato sauce.
    Thanks for visiting my blog – yours is really good, and you have some really interesting recipes!

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