05 Dec QUICK FIX, PESTO SQUID INK SPAGHETTI
I’ve been craving fresh Pesto Pasta for a long time now but as you can see, my basil plants aren’t doing so well and they aren’t fully grown. I wonder why I never considered buying fresh basil leaves from the market. In my last grocery shopping, I stumbled upon this jarred pesto sauce and thought I should just try it out with some Squid Ink Spaghetti that I’ve had in my kitchen pantry for a while now.
Also, I was feeling lazy for some real protein so I thought I’d rather just microwave some sausages 🙈
Oh, about the squid ink pasta. Why do I think not many of my readers would know about this tasty black pasta? 🤔 I know some here won’t be comfortable with eating a black coloured dish, but I assure you that this pasta is really nice and damn expensive 😱
It’s hardly seen in Nigeria and a 500gr packs of this in UK goes for about which is equivalent to ₦2,100. Please just stick with the normal spaghetti you know. But let me tell you how this spaghetti got its black colour. Firstly, it is regular spaghetti made out of wheat flour just like every other pasta, only difference is the black colouring which is gotten from ocean Squid. This pasta that has been enhanced with the defense substances found inside of Squids to give it its black color. This colouring is added to the water and dough as pasta is made, creating very black coloured pasta. Although there really is no significant health benefit of this colouring, it however adds a little bit of briny flavour to the pasta, this explains why it is recommended to enjoy this dish with a savoury pasta sauce such as pesto 👌🏾, and avoid adding extra salt when boiling pasta because it already has a briny taste.
As for this Pesto sauce, I actually liked it for two reasons. Pesto is a blended mix of basil leaves, pine nuts/almond nuts and/or cheese. I liked that this sauce wasn’t blended to a complete smooth texture, I also liked that there was a generous amount of cheese in it, I was able to taste the cheese all through the meal and for a generous serving per plate, half a jar should do just fine.
I really would love to talk about the sausages but honestly there’s nothing to write about microwaved sausages so I’ll just leave it like that.
Anyways, if this post encourages you to try some Squid Ink pasta, feel free to share your own unique pasta ideas or weird pasta recipes with me 😉