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Recipe

Baked Macaroni With Calamari Tomato Sauce

  • Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onions
  • 2 bay leaves, crushed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 cups chopped, peeled, and seeded canned or fresh tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 7 cups water
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 pound cleaned calamari, tentacles and bodies, cut into rings
  • 1/8 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ditalini or small elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
  • 1 cup fine dried bread crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

  • In a medium-size saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions, bay leaves, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, the cayenne, and pepper flakes. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, wine, 1 cup of the water, the basil, parsley, and sugar. Stir to mix. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, and simmer until thick, for 45 minutes. Add the calamari and simmer for 12 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • In a large saucepan over high heat, combine the remaining 6 cups water, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, and the vegetable oil. Bring to a boil, then add the macaroni and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain and rinse under cool water. Pour into a 2-quart baking dish. Pour the calamari sauce over the macaroni and stir to mix. Arrange the olives over the top of the macaroni.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the bread crumbs with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, the black pepper, and extra-virgin olive oil. Mix well and sprinkle over the olives.
  • Bake until the bread crumbs are golden brown, about 30 minutes. Serve hot.