If you’re looking for a spooky-looking dish to bring to the table this Halloween, look no further than this squid ink pasta with light garlic cream sauce. While the black colored pasta looks a little creepy, it tastes anything but. I’ll be making this pasta dish for the night before Halloween, because on Halloween I always make chili. My parents always had a pot of chili on the stove when we were younger and it’s a tradition that I’ve carried on. And even though chili is warm and comforting, it can be a little heavy, so the night before I like to go with something on the lighter side and that’s exactly where this pasta falls.
This recipe couldn’t be more simple, yet it has so much flavor. The lump crab and squid ink pasta are coated in the lightest garlic cream sauce that complement each other so well. It’s a dish you can have on the table in less than 30 minutes, but the presentation looks like you spent a lot longer. You can double the cream sauce if you like something thicker, but I really like the squid ink pasta and fresh crab to shine on their own.
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1-2 cloves of garlic
- 2 Tbsp heavy cream
- Salt and pepper
- 1/3 lb squid ink pasta, cooked and drained
- 4oz lump crab, picked over to remove any shells
- Oregano or basil leaves, for garnish, optional
- In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and sautee until fragrant. Add the heavy cream and heat through, about 4-5 minutes, and season with salt and pepper. Add the cooked pasta and toss, then add the lump crab meat to coat in the sauce, being careful not to break it up. Divide between two plates and garnish with oregano or basil leaves. Serve immediately.