Calamari in Red Wine and Tomato Sauce

Calamari in Red Wine and Tomato Sauce

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"Italian Christmas eve favorite - use your favorite spaghetti or tomato sauce as the base. This recipe can be doubled or tripled easily. Serve as a side, appetizer, or over pasta. Buon Natale!"

Ingredients

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Nutrition

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  • Calories:
  • 257 kcal
  • 13%
  • Fat:
  • 6.5 g
  • 10%
  • Carbs:
  • 15.5g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 28.1 g
  • 56%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 359 mg
  • 120%
  • Sodium:
  • 1004 mg
  • 40%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Directions

  1. Separate the tentacles from the long body of the calamari, if not done already. Slice the body, or calamari tubes into rings about 1/2 to 2/3 inch thick, set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, combine tomato sauce, red wine, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, black pepper, cayenne pepper, basil, and cheese. Simmer on medium low for about 30 minutes to give the alcohol in the wine time to evaporate, and all the flavors time to blend.
  3. Add the calamari to the sauce. Continue to slowly simmer for about another 20 - 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Calamari is done when it is plump and more opaque. Do not cook on higher heat or for a longer period, as calamari is famous for becoming rubbery.
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"Add the calamari to the sauce. Continue to slowly simmer for about another 20 - 30 minutes, stirring occasionally" - seriously?? I added in the squid, and it was maybe 8 minutes for it to be do...

Thought this was very good & spicy. For a quicker version, I passed on using fresh calamari, frozen worked just fine...took less time.

This was good. Anoter reviewer suggested this was easy. IT IS NOT!! Cleaning 2 lbs of squid takes a minimum of 45 minutes and that is if you know what you are doing. DO NOT USE FRESH SQUID LI...