Spaghetti with calamari and radicchio

Spaghetti with calamari and radicchio
Spaghetti with calamari and radicchio Photo: Quentin Jones

Calamari and squid look similar and are often presented as the same thing, which can make shopping confusing.


300g calamari, cleaned

2 heads radicchio or Treviso radicchio

400g spaghetti

4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

200ml dry white wine

2 tbsp finely chopped parsley

Salt and pepper


Cut calamari into matchstick-sized strips. Remove and discard tough outer leaves of radicchio. Pull leaves from heart and wash thoroughly. Cut into long strips. Cook spaghetti in a large pot of salted boiling water. Drain 2-3 minutes before it is cooked. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large pan and fry calamari, radicchio and garlic on moderate heat for 4-5 minutes. Add drained spaghetti and raise heat to high. Add wine and parsley, stirring until liquid is almost evaporated and spaghetti has a glossy coating. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve (pictured).