Need your ideas for this calamari sauce

calamari servingI’m still trying to replicate a squid dish I had in Padua, Italy, last fall, but I’m not there yet. In fact, if you have ideas, add a comment at the bottom of this post.

I tried making a tomato sauce with Chianti and capers. Maybe I needed more garlic and fresh basil. Something was definitely missing. It was too acidic, what with the tomato sauce, wine and the lemon juice.

Here’s what I did to make the sauce served over spaghetti:

1 pound calamari, cleaned
3 cups tomato sauce
1/2 cup Chianti wine
1 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoons chopped garlic
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
dash of ground cayenne pepper
1/4 cup chopped basil
2 tablespoons capers
Serve with grated Parmesan

I used a mix of tentacles and calamari tubes. Slice the tubes into rings about 1/2-inch thick. Set aside.

cropped-small-plates-blog.pngIn a saucepan, combine tomato sauce, red wine, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, black pepper, cayenne pepper, basil and capers. Simmer for about 30 minutes. The wine will evaporate, and you’ll have a reduced amount of sauce.

Add the calamari. Continue to slowly simmer for about about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. The calamari is done when it is plump and opaque. Do not cook on high heat. Calamari becomes rubbery when it is overcooked.

Janet Cleaveland

Janet Cleaveland

What happens when a retired journalist spends a lot more time in the kitchen than in past years? She tries new dishes and jumps at the chance to write a blog about food, family and good times. My kids are grown now, but I'll be looking back at how they learned to cook, what recipes my husband (the Intrepid One) and I are experimenting with, and how food and conversation make for happy times in the kitchen. I worked for The Columbian for 15 years as a copy editor and another 10 elsewhere, though I didn't start out as a journalist. I thought I wanted to teach English literature. My husband grew up in Clark County, and I've lived here since 1983. My kids have grown and left home. Like my husband of 52 years, our adopted chocolate Lab would never pass up a chance for a tasty meal.

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