Weeknight Society founder, Alexandra Hedin, is back to share a spook-inspired recipe for noodles that give a whole new flavor to a Halloween celebration (especially one that takes place on a Monday!). Read on for the recipe, plus the Italian inspiration behind Alexandra’s dish.
This year, Halloween falls on a Monday. A Monday! Who wants to do anything on a Monday, let alone celebrate the most eccentric holiday of the year? The good news is that many Halloween parties will take place over the weekend, so Monday will be a little more low-key. However, just because it’s at the beginning of the week doesn’t mean you shouldn’t celebrate. My recipe for Squid Ink Vampire Noodles with Shrimp is the perfect Halloween dinner, mostly because the noodles give it a spooky look, but also because it cooks in less than 30 minutes.
The dish was inspired by the types of dinners I’ve been eating here in Venice. Venice is known for combining squid ink noodles with locally caught seafood and cooking everything quickly with fresh herbs. The simple flavors are fresh and impressive. Because Halloween is an American invention, Italians don’t exactly celebrate, but I like to think of this dish as an homage to the classic way Italians celebrate even the spookiest of occurrences.
Squid Ink Vampire Noodles With Shrimp
*Makes 4 servings
- ½ pound squid ink pasta
- ½ cup butter, divided
- 1 onion
- 4 cloves garlic, smashed
- 2 sprigs thyme
- 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
- ½ cup white wine
- 1 lemon, zested
- Over low heat, cook onions, garlic and thyme in 2 tablespoons of butter.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook noodles according to package instructions. Reserve ½ cup of pasta water when draining.
- Add remaining butter to the onions and melt until toasty and bubbly. Add shrimp and toss to coat with butter. Pour in white wine. Add lemon zest and salt and pepper. Cover and cook 5 to 10 minutes until shrimp is fully pink.
- Toss noodles in shrimp pan. Add pasta water if noodles appear dry.
NOTE: You can replace the squid ink noodles for any other noodles, but the squid ink and the shrimp together are a great pair.