Monday, November 17, 2014


Whenever I see squid ink pasta at the market, I have to get it.  And since I was in Lobster Place at Chelsea Market, I couldn't resist purchasing a package of the di Nero Squid Ink Spaghetti.  Across the aisle were some beautiful New Zealand cockles, so the dish that immediately came to mind was squid ink spaghetti with New Zealand cockles.  On the other side of the store were jars of salmon roe, so I thought about topping the dish with the salmon roe as a garnish.  And since I also purchased a gorgeous piece of center-cut Atlantic salmon, I cut off the 1/4 inch part of the salmon and cooked that and used it as an additional garnish.  Another seafood Sunday.

1/4 pound Spaghetti di Nero Squid Ink
3 Tablespoons olive oil
6 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon pepperoncino (medium hot crushed red pepper flakes)
1 cup dry white wine
1 pound New Zealand cockles, scrubbed
10 grape tomatoes, halved
1/3 cup finely chopped flat leaf parsley
1 ounce cooked salmon, chopped (optional)

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Add salt.  Drop the spaghetti into the boiling water; stir to keep spaghetti from sticking together.  Cook until al dente according to package directions. Drain spaghetti when done.
Meanwhile, heat oil in a 12- to 14-inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat until it shimmers.  Add garlic and pepperoncino and cook for 1 minute, being careful not to let the garlic brown.  Add white wine and let simmer for another minute.  Add cockles and stir until well coated; cover tightly.  Check cockles frequently after 2 minutes, transferring with a slotted spoon to a bowl as cooked (discard any that remain unopened after 6 minutes).

Add tomatoes to juices in skillet with 1/3cup parsley, stirring occasionally, until liquid is reduced, about 3-6 minutes.

Place spaghetti on a serving platter then pour cockles and juice onto spaghetti.  Garnish with salmon roe and shredded cooked salmon (optional).

1 comment:

Ryan Lewald said...

Nice read & I look forward to some new flavors of hummus. Spice distibutors and Snack seasonings really do contribute to yummy dishes like this one. Poor ingredients equal a poor recipe and product. Thanks for the recipe though!! Looks awesome!