Squid Ink Linguini with Shrimp and Cherry Tomatoes

Squid Ink Pasta with Shrimp + Cherry Tomatoes platingsandpairings.com

This recipe for Squid Ink Linguini with Shrimp and Cherry Tomatoes only looks fancy. It’s easy to make in under 30 minutes and the flavor is delicious!

This recipe for Squid Ink Linguini with Shrimp and Cherry Tomatoes only looks fancy. It's easy to make in under 30 minutes and the flavor is delicious! | platingsandpairings.com

Squid Ink Linguini with Shrimp and Cherry Tomatoes – Don’t you want to just dive right in? I’m overly obsessed with this dish – Those colors, that briny flavor, the little bit of spice. Obsession – Cue the Animotion lyrics.

Best part of this dish – It takes under 30 minutes!

I have been able to find squid ink linguini in some of the local Portland specialty stores. However, if you’re having a difficult time finding it where you are, you can always substitute plain linguini, or order it online! Speaking of online, besides this pasta, I found another new fascination this week – Amazon Prime Now… Every morning I wake up around 6:15 am and lay around in bed for a half hour watching the news and catching up on Instagram. When I heard the announcement this morning that Amazon local delivery had reached Portland – I downloaded the app right then and thought about ordering some cupcakes from Cupcake Jones for delivery – Just ‘cuz I could.

It’s only in select areas at this point, including NYC, including Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Indianapolis, Manhattan, Miami, Seattle & Portland. But – It’s awesome. If you’re a Prime member, delivery is free, and it happens in an hour or so. Meaning that I can order food from the Asian market without having to drive all the way across town – Score!

This recipe for Squid Ink Linguini with Shrimp and Cherry Tomatoes only looks fancy. It's easy to make in under 30 minutes and the flavor is delicious! | platingsandpairings.com

Back to squid ink, and this yumminess. Squid ink is black – It gives this pasta it’s amazing color. It also gives the pasta a faint hint of sea saltiness. It’s been popping up on menus all over town, sometimes being served with a sprinkling of crispy chorizo, or with smoked sturgeon and calabrian peppers. Any way you serve it – It’s delicious! And I’d bet that it’d be preeettty darn easy to impress company with this dish. Take that foodie friends!

Aside from the squid ink pasta – The ingredients are simple. Shrimp, lemon, basil and a dash of red pepper flakes. Nothing too outrageous. We want the brightness and uniqueness of the linguini to shine through.

Cheers friends!

Squid Ink Pasta with Shrimp + Cherry Tomatoes platingsandpairings.com

Squid Ink Linguini with Shrimp + Cherry Tomatoes

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Platings & Pairings
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Ingredients

  • 12 oz . Squid Ink linguine
  • 1 lb . shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 t . olive oil
  • 4 T . butter
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 10 oz . cherry tomatoes
  • 2 lemons
  • 1/2 C . chopped basil
  • 1/3 C . white wine or dry vermouth
  • 2 T . tomato paste
  • ½ t . crushed red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat a large pot of salted water to boiling on high. Peel and thinly slice the garlic. Halve the cherry tomatoes. Zest the lemons to get 2 teaspoons of zest. Juice the lemons.
  2. In a large pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until lightly browned and fragrant. Add the tomato paste. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until dark red. Add the cherry tomatoes, white wine, ¼ cup water and red pepper flakes; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes, or until tomatoes are softened.
  3. Cook the pasta until just shy of al dente, reserving ½ cup of the pasta cooking water, drain the pasta thoroughly.
  4. While the pasta cooks, add the shrimp to the pan of sauce; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until opaque and almost cooked through.
  5. To the pan of sauce and shrimp, add the cooked pasta, butter, lemon zest, lemon juice and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the pasta is thoroughly coated and the shrimp are cooked through; season with salt and pepper to taste. (If the sauce seems dry, gradually add the remaining pasta cooking water to achieve your desired consistency.) Turn off the heat and stir in half the basil.
  6. Garnish with remaining basil, as desired, and serve.

Tips:

  • You’ll have leftover tomato paste if using a can. Put those leftovers into a baggie and stick it in the freezer. Pull it out and thaw it under warm running water whenever you need tomato paste.
  • A zester is a super handy tool – Use it for zesting the lemons in this recipe, or for grating cheese or nutmeg.

Wine Pairings for Squid Ink Linguini:

  • Opt for a lively white wine such as an Italian Verdicchio or a Pinot Gris from Oregon.
  • A light-bodied, acidic red wine such as a young, slightly chilled Chianti will work well with the tomato sauce in this recipe.

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91 comments

  1. April @ Girl Gone Gourmet

    I had squid ink pasta for the first time in Venice when we were there a few years ago — I fell in love with it, but have had a hard time finding where I live. Love how you kept this so simple – the flavors sound delicious and it’s just beautiful to look at! PS Jealous about Amazon local — wish we had it here in NC!

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    1. Erin

      I’m SO excited about this pasta AND Amazon Local – Hopefully it will be more widely available soon 🙂 So jealous about your trip to Venice – I would absolutely LOVE to go there someday – Bucket list!

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  2. Pech

    Love the beautiful contrast of colors with the shrimp here, and great tip on how to use the leftover tomato paste!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Pech! Tomato paste is cheap, but it’s nice to store leftovers in the freezer, because you never know when a recipe will call for it!

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  3. Susannah

    Squid ink linguine sounds fascinating!!! I need to buy some and try it!

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    1. Erin

      Yes Susannah – Yes you do! It’s delicious!!!

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  4. Marlynn @UrbanBlissLife

    Love the gorgeous pops of color in this dish! I haven’t made squid ink linguini but will have to try it at home now.

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    1. Erin

      Thank you Marlynn! I was thinking it’d be appropriate for Halloween with all the black and orange!

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  5. Erin

    I admit I’ve always been a little nervous about trying squid ink pasta. But this looks and sounds so good that I might try to get over my fear and do it!

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    1. Erin

      Just do it Erin! I dare you 😉

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  6. Chloe | The Paper Airplane

    Looks delish! I love squid ink pasta, it’s such a unique flavor.

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    1. Erin

      Isn’t it great Chloe! I love the color too!

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  7. Rachel @ athletic avocado

    This looks so interesting and tasty! Yum!

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  8. Dani @ Dani California Cooks

    Hello! I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog this afternoon! I live in San Francisco but I travel up to the PNW every week, so I love finding “local” bloggers. This recipe looks DELICIOUS – so many good flavors going on!!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Dani – That sounds like a lot of traveling, but I’m sure that you get to go to some pretty great places. Cheers!

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  9. Platter Talk

    If you told me what this was I may not try it, UNTIL I saw how beautifully you’ve prepared it; very nicely done!!

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    1. Erin

      Thank you – It’s not toooooo scary 😉

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  10. Renee

    Squid ink pasta is a new one to me, but since I love pasta and seafood, I have no doubt that I’d enjoy it. I’ll keep my eyes open for it.

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    1. Erin

      I’m sure you’d love it Renee!

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  11. Ciao Florentina

    I brought packages of squid ink spaghetti from Sicily ! I’m in heaven ! And yes of course, what better to make with it than shrimp ?! I’m obsessed ! haha

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    1. Erin

      Ooohhh – you are SO lucky Florentina! Jealous!!!

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  12. Diane

    Seafood lovers will be over the moon for this dish. It looks amazing!

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    1. Erin

      Diane – It’s definitely a great dish for true seafood lovers!

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  13. Sara @ Life's Little Sweets

    Wow, I did not know that squid ink pasta exists! This is such a beautiful recipe!

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    1. Erin

      Thank you Sara – It’s such a unique, fun ingredient!

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  14. Catherine

    Wow those colors are striking!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Catherine! I think that’s the best part of the squid ink pasta!

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  15. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    Ooh I have to get my hands on some squid ink linguini. It looks wonderful!

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    1. Erin

      Thank you Thalia! It’s very, very yummy – And just SO pretty!

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  16. Sarah

    You’ve got me on the hunt for squid linguini now because I don’t want to miss out on trying this! I

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    1. Erin

      Good luck to you in finding some locally! You can always order online too!

      Reply

  17. Razena | Tantalisemytastebuds.com

    This dish looks amazing and I would love a bowl for dinner 🙂

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  18. foodlovinfamily

    I have never tried squid ink pasta but after looking at these pictures it makes me want to go buy some!

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    1. Erin

      I think everyone should try squid ink once in their life. But after you do, you’ll want it again and again 😉

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  19. Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    Seeing this pasta makes me so happy. I love that you used squid ink pasta – so fancy! The only time I’ve ever seen this made was on Iron Chef. Now I have to try this recipe!!

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    1. Erin

      Sam – I hope you do give it a try! 🙂 You’ll be even happier after you eat it!

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  20. SHOBELYN

    Haven’t tried Linguini before and now I am curious. Beautiful photos.Erin.

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    1. Erin

      Thank you Shobelyn!

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  21. Rosemary @anitalianinmykitchen

    I don’t think there is a pasta I don’t like! This is a delicious pasta, love the combination.

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    1. Erin

      Of course Rosemary – You are a true Italian!!!

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  22. Claudia | Gourmet Project

    my brother loves squid ink: must make this linguini for his bday!

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    1. Erin

      What a great sister you would be Claudia!

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  23. Marye

    I’ve never had squid ink anything but this dish is so pretty with the contrasting colors! I think I’ll look for some. 🙂

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Marye! I hope you give it a try! You can always freak out unsuspecting dinner guests with it!

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  24. Tina Marie

    The colors are amazing and very inviting. Looks delicious.

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    1. Erin

      Aren’t the colors the best Tina?

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  25. Chris @ SimpleFood365

    I have never tried squid ink pasta but it has always intrigued me! It sounds and looks good! Great share!

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    1. Erin

      Thank you Chris 🙂 Definitely give it a try!

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  26. Cassandrea @ chewsandbrews.ca

    Well I am going to be looking for squid ink pasta now! Those colours are amazing! I love the contrast!! Looks delicious as well!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Cassandrea – Enjoy!

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  27. Molly Kumar

    I have never heard of ‘Squid Ink Pasta’ but looking at your recipe, I would definitely eat this 🙂 Looks so pretty and tempting.

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Molly – I aim to tempt 😉

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  28. Patti @ CooksRecipeCollection.com

    I love the contract that the squid ink linguini provides. Just a beautiful plate!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Patti – The color is great, and it deepens as it cooks rather than losing color!

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  29. LydiaF

    They sell squid ink in packets like ketchup here in Spain. It’s really popular in rice dishes. Love the color in your pasta!

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    1. Erin

      That sounds amazing Lydia – You are SO lucky!

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  30. Oana @AdoreFoods

    Such an interesting and vibrant looking dish! I was always skeptical to trying squid ink linguini, mainly because of its color. Silly me 🙂 Paired with seafood and tomatoes looks so inviting. Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. Erin

      Of course Oana – I hope you try it and love it!

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  31. Byron Thomas

    I love squid ink pasta – this dish looks so pretty and elegant.

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  32. Kelley

    I am so intrigued by the squid ink pasta- I’m going to have to find some and try it out! Beautiful dish!!

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  33. Lauren @ A Nerd Cooks

    Yum! I love squid ink pasta. It really allows the other ingredients to pop against the dark color.

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    1. Erin

      It sure does, doesn’t it?!

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  34. Derek

    Erin I’m impressed! This looks super good obviously. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Erin

      Thank you Derek 🙂

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  35. Whitney

    Never ever in my life have I ever had squid ink anything! I’m a wee bit afraid to try!

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    1. Erin

      Don’t be scared Whitney – Give it a try. I think you’ll like it. If not, feel free to substitute plain pasta for the squid ink version.

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  36. Hillary Reeves

    Any excuse to eat more shrimp, please!

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  37. Mandee Pogue

    This is absolutely beautiful! It sounds delicious! You are so lucky to live in a place where you can find exciting ingredients like squid ink. Here in WV we are very limited in that area, but this dish looks amazing.

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    1. Erin

      Yes – We are VERY lucky here in Portland! Lots of great small shops and gourmet grocery stores!

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  38. J @ A Hot Southern Mess

    I’ve never tried squid ink linguini, but this recipe and your delicious pictures sure makes a girl wanna try it! 🙂

    Reply

  39. Kathryn @ FoodieGirlChicago

    I love ordering ink squid pasta in restaurants however have never actually made it at home – you’ve officially inspired me to do it!!

    Reply

  40. Richa

    I’ve never had Squid Ink Pasta and that looks so delicious that I really want to go look for some.

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  41. Katalina @ Peas & Peonies

    wow that intense and beautiful color of the squid linguine is amazing, such a fun way to change the routine pasta dinner.

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  42. Whitney

    What a beautiful dish! Would have to order the squid ink pasta, as I’m sure I wouldn’t find it around here — if only Amazon Now was available everywhere!! Sounds awesome!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks Whitney – Amazon Now is definitely a fun new service – Hopefully it will be more widely available soon!

      Reply

  43. Michelle@healthiersteps

    I never heard of squid ink pasta before. What amazing color and your photos are lovely!

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    1. Erin

      Thank you Michelle – It’s a bit of a rare ingredient, but I think it’s quickly gaining in popularity!

      Reply

  44. Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert

    I love shrimp pasta! Seafood and pasta is one of my favorite combinations!

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  45. Trish

    Wanna hear something crazy? I have NEVER had squid ink pasta! Say WHAT?! Blasphemy for a chick growing up along the Pacific Northwest coast eh? I need to give this a whirl. SOON! Gorgeous photos, as always Erin!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Trish – You need to fix this craziness soon! 😉

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  46. Sandra @ A Dash of Sanity

    This is such a stunning recipe! I love what a great statement piece squid ink pasta makes.

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Sandra – I agree, the colors are really striking!

      Reply

  47. Chrissie

    I love seafood with pasta!! Great recipe 🙂 Thanks for posting!

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    1. Erin

      You’re welcome Chrissie – Enjoy!

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  48. Paloma

    This sounds amazing! I have a question though, you mention clam juice? and when do we include the white wine?
    Thanks!!

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    1. Erin

      Hi Paloma – Thank you for catching this! I had revised the recipe to use white wine instead of clam juice (because who doesn’t want more wine!), but forgot to adjust the recipe accordingly. It has now been revised. However, you can always swap out the white wine for the same amount of clam juice if you prefer.

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  49. Joey

    Omg I was in Japan and picked up some squid ink pasta…so I found your recipe and decided to try it. Love it! Simply delicious! Thanks you for sharing 🙂

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    1. Erin

      So glad you liked it Joey! This isn’t one of my most popular recipes, because I think people are a bit intimidated by squid ink, but I think it’s just delicious! So cool that your noodles came all the way from Japan too!

      Reply

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