Squid Ink Pasta with Shrimp & Cherry Tomatoes + VIDEO

Overhead shot of plate of squid ink pasta topped with shrimp & tomatoes.

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

This recipe for Squid Ink Pasta with Shrimp & Cherry Tomatoes only looks fancy. It's easy to make in under 30 minutes and the flavor is delicious! #pasta #squidinkpasta #easydinner #squidinklinguini

Squid Ink Pasta 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…

But the best part of this dish? It’ll be on your table in under 30 minutes. 

I have been able to find squid ink pasta at Trader Joe’s or 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 pasta, or order it online. I’ve found that the fresh squid ink pasta has the most flavor, while the dry pasta flavor is less noticeable.

Squid ink pasta in skillet.

What Does Squid Ink Pasta Taste Like?

The squid ink is what gives the pasta it’s gorgeous black color, it also gives it an amazing flavor. Squid ink pasta has a rich, briny flavor with the faint hint of sea saltiness, which makes it absolutely perfect for pairing with seafood.

I made a simple sauce with cherry tomatoes, shrimp, basil, lemon and a pinch of red pepper flakes. I wanted to keep things simple so that the flavor of the pasta could really shine.

Squid Ink Pasta Recipe

Overhead shot of plate of squid ink pasta.

Squid Ink Pasta with Shrimp & Cherry Tomatoes

Course: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: squid ink pasta
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 570 kcal
Author: Platings & Pairings

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

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Ingredients

  • 12 ounces squid ink pasta
  • 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 teasponns olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 10 ounces cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/3 cup white wine or dry vermouth
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 lemons zested and juiced
  • 1/2 cup chopped basil
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  

  2. In a large skillet heat olive oil on medium-high heat until hot. Add the garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1-2 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 to al dente, reserving ½ cup of the pasta cooking water, drain the pasta.

  4. While the pasta cooks, add the shrimp to tomatoes; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until cooked. 

  5. Add the cooked pasta, butter, lemon zest, lemon juice and half the reserved pasta cooking water to the skillet with the shrimp & tomatoes. Cook, stirring frequently, 2-3 minutes, or until the pasta is coated in the sauce; season with salt and pepper to taste. (If the sauce seems dry, add in some of the reserved pasta cooking water to achieve your desired consistency.) Turn off the heat and stir in half the basil.

  6. Garnish with remaining basil and serve.

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Nutrition Facts
Squid Ink Pasta with Shrimp & Cherry Tomatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 570 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 315mg 105%
Sodium 1087mg 45%
Potassium 433mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 72g 24%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 7g
Protein 35g 70%
Vitamin A 17.9%
Vitamin C 63.7%
Calcium 20.1%
Iron 35.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you loved this Squid Ink Pasta I would appreciate it so much if you would give this recipe a star review! Also, be sure to snap a picture of your finished dish and share it with me on Instagram using the hashtag #platingsandpairings and tagging me @platingsandpairings.

This post was originally published in 2015. It was updated in 2019 to update the content and photos. The recipe remains the same. 

Tips for Making Squid Ink Pasta:

  • 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 Pasta:

  • 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.

Overhead shot of plate of squid ink pasta.

Looking for more pasta recipes? Be sure to try these too: 

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta with Sausage & Sage

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Butter Roasted Tomato Sauce

Side view of plate of pasta

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106 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!

    Reply

    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!

      Reply

  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!

      Reply

  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!!!

      Reply

  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!

      Reply

  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!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Just do it Erin! I dare you 😉

      Reply

      1. siewhean butler


        we were in Sardinia just a week ago and found squid rice and pasta, it was so yummy, had to keep going back to the restaurant to have more. Delicious, now that we just got back we are already looking to cook it.

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        1. Erin

          I’m obsessed with it too!!! Love squid ink anything – especially black rice dishes!

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  6. Chloe | The Paper Airplane

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

    Reply

    1. Erin

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

      Reply

  7. Rachel @ athletic avocado

    This looks so interesting and tasty! Yum!

    Reply

  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!!

    Reply

    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!

      Reply

  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!!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thank you – It’s not toooooo scary 😉

      Reply

  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.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I’m sure you’d love it Renee!

      Reply

  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

    Reply

    1. Erin

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

      Reply

  12. Diane

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

    Reply

    1. Erin

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

      Reply

  13. Sara @ Life's Little Sweets

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

    Reply

    1. Erin

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

      Reply

  14. Catherine

    Wow those colors are striking!

    Reply

    1. Erin

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

      Reply

  15. Thalia @ butter and brioche

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

    Reply

    1. Erin

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

      Reply

  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

    Reply

    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 🙂

    Reply

  18. foodlovinfamily

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

    Reply

    1. Erin

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

      Reply

  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!!

    Reply

    1. Erin

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

      Reply

  20. SHOBELYN

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

    Reply

  21. Rosemary @anitalianinmykitchen

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

    Reply

    1. Erin

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

      Reply

  22. Claudia | Gourmet Project

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

    Reply

    1. Erin

      What a great sister you would be Claudia!

      Reply

  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. 🙂

    Reply

    1. Erin

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

      Reply

  24. Tina Marie

    The colors are amazing and very inviting. Looks delicious.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Aren’t the colors the best Tina?

      Reply

  25. Chris @ SimpleFood365

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

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thank you Chris 🙂 Definitely give it a try!

      Reply

  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!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks Cassandrea – Enjoy!

      Reply

  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.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks Molly – I aim to tempt 😉

      Reply

  28. Patti @ CooksRecipeCollection.com

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

    Reply

    1. Erin

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

      Reply

  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!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      That sounds amazing Lydia – You are SO lucky!

      Reply

  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!

      Reply

  31. Byron Thomas

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

    Reply

  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!!

    Reply

  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?!

      Reply

  34. Derek

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

    Reply

  35. Whitney

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

    Reply

    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.

      Reply

  36. Hillary Reeves

    Any excuse to eat more shrimp, please!

    Reply

  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!

      Reply

  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.

    Reply

  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.

    Reply

  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!

    Reply

    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! 😉

      Reply

  46. Sandra @ A Dash of Sanity

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

    Reply

    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!

      Reply

  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.

      Reply

  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

  50. Don Thompson


    I included a variation of this dish in an Italian dinner for six people at my house that raised $4,000 for charity. It was delicious…I used Scampi.

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    1. Erin

      That’s amazing Don – Great job!

      Reply

  51. Catherine @ To & Fro Fam


    This dish would completely wow a seafood lover! Also, I am a fan of your ocean puns. 😉

    Reply

  52. Meg Cotner

    Squid ink pasta is beautiful looking stuff. I know just the person who would appreciate this dish.

    Reply

  53. Danielle

    Squid ink pasta was in one of my favorite dishes at this place in OKC, I love it! This sounds so delicious with the shrimp and lemon! And quick + easy 🙂

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    1. Erin

      It’s a super quick & easy recipe!

      Reply

  54. Mary


    That sounds fascinating! It definitely makes for a stunning presentation. I bet it would be good with Greek wines, especially those from Santorini. They tend to have a very sea-like, briny, flavor that seems like it would work great with this dish.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I hope you love it Mary!

      Reply

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  57. Irene


    Great recipe! Under 30 minutes is a little misleading. It’s less than 30 mins AFTER you’ve prepped everything, zesting the lemons, slicing garlic, chopping basil, etc. Still, quite tasty and will definitely make again.

    Reply

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