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 Ink3 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.
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).