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Spicy Squid in Tomato Sauce
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Spicy Squid in Tomato Sauce

A devilishly spicy squid recipe with a rich fennel and garlic tomato sauce. Perfect for those spooky Halloween nights or any time you want some tentacles on your plate. Recipe from basilandbubbly.com
Prep Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Squid Recipes
Servings: 8 people


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 bulb fennel medium, thinly sliced ( about a heaping cup )
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 lbs Squid Clean Raw Tubes, sliced and Tentacles
  • 2 cups dry red wine
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • ¼ cup parsley loosely packed
  • 2 tbsp fennel fronds roughly chopped


  • In a heavy bottom pot ( like a dutch oven ) over medium heat, add the olive oil. Add the sliced fennel bulb, onions, and salt. Saute until they soften, about 8 minutes.
  • Add the tomato paste, garlic, and crushed red pepper. Stir to combine and saute for another two minutes.
  • Add the red wine and crushed tomatoes. Stir. Add the squid. Let the pot come to a simmer and reduce the heat to medium low, maintaining the simmer.
  • Simmer for 45 minutes uncovered, or until tender. If the squid is not tender after 45 minutes, cook for 10 more minute increments until it is tender.
  • Remove from heat, and stir in the fresh parsley and fennel fronds.
  • Serve over angel hair pasta!