Squid ink bavette with clams & zucchini

Recipe from Nino Zoccali's cookbook Pasta Artigiana

Squid ink bavette with clams & zucchini


PREP TIME 30 minutes + (several hours to purge clams)

COOKING TIME 20 minutes


500 g (1 lb, 2 oz) clams (vongole)

100 ml (3½ fl oz) extra virgin olive oil, plus extra, to serve (optional)

135 g (4¾ oz) zucchini (courgette), cut into1 cm (½ inch) dice

fine sea salt, to taste

freshly ground black pepper, to taste

600 g (1 lb, 5 oz) good quality dried squid ink bavette

1 small garlic clove, finely chopped

100 ml (3½ fl oz) dry white wine

2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf (Italian) parsley


If they haven't been purged, place the clams in a solution of cool water and sea salt for several hours or overnight in a cool part of the house (if you refrigerate them, they'll close up and won't 'spit out' the sand). Use 30 g (1 oz) salt to each litre (35 fl oz/4 cups) of water. Drain and set aside.

Heat half of the extra virgin olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat until just before it begins to smoke and add the zucchini. Season with the sea salt and black pepper and cook until the zucchini is tender, continuously turning the pieces so that they brown, but don't burn. Set aside. Cook the pasta in abundant salted boiling water until al dente and drain.

About 2-3 minutes before the pasta is cooked, heat the remaining extra virgin olive oil in a separate large saucepan until it just begins to smoke and carefully add the clams. Make sure the clams have been well drained of water before adding them to the pan, otherwise you may get unwanted flames. Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds before adding the white wine. Cook until all the clams have opened and the alcohol is cooked out of the wine (when the sauce no longer tastes bitter). Set aside for a minute. Drain the pasta, add to the clams with the zucchini and combine. Season with a little more sea salt and black pepper and add more extra virgin olive oil if desired a add lots). Mix the chopped parsley through the pasta and serve immediately.