Monday, June 6, 2011




200g linguine
75ml olive oil
2 shallots
1 clove garlic
2 heaped tsp chilli flakes
1 large courgette, julienned or cut into long thin strands
100g squid, thinly sliced into rings
6 leaves sage
salt and pepper
2 lemon wedges

Put a large saucepan of salted water on a high heat and bring to the boil. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a frying pan. When hot, add the shallots and soften. Follow with the garlic, chilli and courgette and stir through. Cook the courgettes for 5 minutes until light brown and soft. Season and set aside in a bowl. Keep the pan on the heat and add more olive oil and one teaspoon of chilli.

Put the pasta in the pan of boiling water and turn down the heat to a simmer. Follow the packet instructions for cooking time.

When the oil in the pan is hot and sizzling and the squid. The oil should fizz as you throw in the squid. Add the sage and the rest of the chilli. Turn down the heat slightly and brown the squid for approximately 1-2 minutes. It should be tender, not chewy, so you want to avoid over cooking it. The sage should be crisp.

Drain the pasta when al dente. Evenly fold in the courgette to the linguine.

Serve on warm plates, placing the squid and sage on top of the pasta. Squeeze over the lemon.

There you have it. A beautiful, hassle-free, summer lunch. Lovely with a cold glass o' white.


  1. simply lovely and light and fresh and now i'm really bloody hungry!!!!!!

  2. I want this for lunch please. Why is squid so hard to come by in Liverpool?! x

  3. No squid in Liverpool?? Crazy behaviour. Is there a good fish market near you? The big supermarkets generally have it. I got mine from Waitrose for 83p.

  4. Very late response from me here - sorry, I didn't spot your reply!

    No, no decent fish markets as far as I have found. Very few actual fishmongers too; it seems that quite a few have been forced to close. The people that deliver my veg (and meat, and fish) box do it but I can't quite stomach paying £8.99 for two tiny specimens...x