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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!



  • 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


  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*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 315mg105%
Sodium 1087mg47%
Potassium 433mg12%
Carbohydrates 72g24%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 895IU18%
Vitamin C 52.6mg64%
Calcium 201mg20%
Iron 6.3mg35%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.