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Baked Stuffed Squid

These tender squid tubes are stuffed with a mixture of soft breadcrumbs, pancetta and chopped bay scallops, then baked in a light marinara sauce. Easy to make and delicious served with linguine and oven-roasted zucchini.

Baked Stuffed Squid

Baked Stuffed Squid

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 lb squid tubes (12 to 16 pieces), cleaned
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pancetta, chopped
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, very finely chopped
  • 1/4 lb bay scallops, chopped (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1-1/4 cups soft breadcrumbs (see notes)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 cups Marinara Sauce (see recipe below)

Preparation:
Preheat the oven to 375 °F.

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the pancetta and sauté until beginning to brown. Add the onion and continue cooking, 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until the onion is soft and translucent and the garlic is fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Place the scallops, parsley, breadcrumbs, egg, 1/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of black pepper in a mixing bowl. Add the pancetta mixture and combine gently.

Loosely stuff the mixture into the squid tubes to about 3/8-inch from the opening and fasten closed with a toothpick. Do not pack or overstuff.

Coat a shallow casserole large enough to hold the squid tubes side by side with nonstick spray. Spoon a thin layer of marinara into the bottom of the prepared dish. Arrange the squid in a single layer and spoon 1 to 1-1/2 cups of marinara on top. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.

Makes 4 servings

To serve with pasta:
Cook 10 ounces of linguine or spaghetti according to the package directions and drain.

The squid will give off some liquid while they bake, adding fabulous flavor to the sauce in the casserole. Add this to the remainder of your marinara and toss with the cooked pasta. Plate individual servings and top with squid.

Marinara Sauce
  • Ingredients:
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 cloves garlic, very finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, very finely chopped
  • 1 28-oz can San Marzano tomatoes, undrained
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons chiffonade of fresh basil

Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and cook, stirring frequently, until soft and lightly golden - do not brown. Add the tomatoes and their liquid and using a wooden spoon, break the tomatoes into small pieces. Bring the mixture to a simmer, season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper and add the crushed red pepper. Simmer for 10 to 12 minutes, just until the sauce has thickened slightly. Remove from the heat and add the basil.

Makes about 3 cups

Recipe Notes:
Instead of bay scallops, you can purchase the squid with the tentacles as well and chop them to include in the stuffing. For breadcrumbs, it's best to use freshly made crumbs from Italian or French bread. It's okay to leave the crust on ~ just chop a few slices in the food processor.

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