Introduction: Calamari Di Pasta (pasta Squid)

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This Instructable shows how to make pasta shaped like squid / calamari.

Plain wheat flour
Dried shrimp (optional)

I'm not going to go into the detail of making fresh pasta as there are plenty of guides elsewhere. This is one of them.

Neither am I going to tell you how to cook pasta, as that is also covered elsewhere.

The inspiration for this make was posted in the Forums by scoochmaroo(thanks)

Step 1: Pasta Dough

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Combine flour and egg(s) according to the recipe you are using and work into dough as it advises.

For a seafood flavour I added some shrimp flourSTEP 3

Roll the dough into a thin sheet (1-1.5mm 1/16") or use a pasta machine if you have one.

Step 2: Cutting & Shaping

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How to turn flat pasta into squid / calamari

Cut a rectangular sheet of pasta, the size is not that important as you will be trimming it.

At the bottom cut tentacles.
I used a custom-built tentacle-cutterSTEP 4, but you could achieve a similar effect with a knife.
(Like a cookie-cutter, I just pressed the sharp part into the dough)

Cut two eyes above the tentacles.
I used a custom-built eye-cutter, but a cocktail-stick would serve as well.

Trim the sheet to the left and right, to give 8 tentacles, leaving a little overhang from tentacles 1 & 8 at each edge.

Wrap the sheet around a pen / pencil / spoon-handle or similar
Dampen the edges and press together to form a tube.

Hold the squid upright - using both fingers and thumbs - pinch the head to form two fins.
Trim the head into a point with scissors.

Dry the pasta squid to preserve their shape, I air dried on an obviously home-made dryer.

Step 3: Shrimp Flour

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How to pulverise dried shrimp

It took me a while to find these, but the oriental supermarket at the bottom-end of town did stock dried shrimp.
Exported from Thailand by Bangkok Dehydrated Marine Product Co. Ltd, imported by Double Happiness Wholesale Ltd, they are 95% shrimp and 5% salt.

Crush and grind the shrimp with a pestle and mortar. You'll find they're quite tough and a bit chewy, they end up a bit "mashed" and "shredded".
Add a little flour and grind some more. Flour helps separate the shrimp shreds
After a bit of work you'll have something a bit like flour, but lumpy.
Sieve the mixture into a bowl, that which does not pass through the sieve - grind some more.
Eventually most or all of the shrimp will have passed through the sieve. Either decide that is enough, or repeat the sieving and grinding until it is all flour.

Step 4: Tentacle-cutter

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How to build a dough cutter that makes tentacle shapes

I used:
Aluminium alloy from a drink-can,
Some spare wood
Cocktail sticks
2-part Wilkinson cheap-o epoxy glue
A knife
A drill

I drilled a line of holes in a piece of wood, 2mm in diameter, spaced 4mm apart.
1 inch (my ruler has both scales on it) from these holes I drilled some more 2mm out of phase.

Cocktail sticks (2mm) were inserted into these holes, forming a jig with which to form the metalwork

A strip of metal was cut from a large (500ml) drink-can

The strip was wrapped-around the jig and adjusted with finger-tips to form a series of elongated 's' -es.

I then cut grooves in the other side of the wood spaced 2mm apart.

Where the strip turned 180o I cut a recess in the wood.

With a bit of fiddling I pushed the metal strip into the grooves and secured with 2-part epoxy
(some cocktail sticks were added to improve spacing)

Pressed firmly into dough it cuts neat little tentacles.


Metabolic Cooking (author)2016-12-07

Sounds awesome. Definitely gonna get some squid ink pasta.

peacemaker5000 (author)2010-03-27

might make good fishing bait if you added some liver

squid AND liver..thats my bait...try pate

emibo (author)2011-12-16

I love these! They would be great for a super special occasion. Pasta takes so long to make and I can tell you put a lot of care into this project. Thanks for sharing. Excellent instructions :)

bshin1 (author)2011-08-01

These are really cute and are very creative! ^^

lemonie (author)bshin12011-08-02

They took a long time, and I've not made them since...


candijunkie421 (author)2010-02-05

LOVE! but im thinking big! like the giant stuffed shell pasta? oh yes it will be done!

hishealer (author)2009-12-11

Too much fun! ^^

TheYetti (author)2009-05-15

This is the strangest looking thing i have ever seen..... But i mean that in a very cool way!!!:)

lemonie (author)TheYetti2009-05-15

When they're cooked they're quite like squid (yum) L

mthiels (author)2009-04-30

they're adorable! great job!

caitlinsdad (author)2009-04-28

I will have to try this stuffed with cheese or a seafood. An interesting variation on stuffed manicotti or shells. Adding too much extras to the flour like your shrimp "flour" definitely changes the character of the pasta dough so that it is not as easy to work with.

lemonie (author)caitlinsdad2009-04-29

I had thoughts about stuffing, but left 'em simple - the seafood idea sounds good - what were you thinking of? L

caitlinsdad (author)lemonie2009-04-29

Hmmm, served cold with shrimp/tuna/lobster salad stuffing, served hot with crabmeat/cornbread stuffing, scallops and chopped fish fillets, fishcake from fish bits and mashed potatoes, probably served in a coquille St. Jacques cream sauce. Or throw it all in the deep fryer and serve with chips dressed with malt vinegar. The tentacles would be pretty cool with the "bloomin onion" effect.

lemonie (author)caitlinsdad2009-04-29

I was thinking of crab, cold salad. The cavity really does poke you to fill with something. I have a mind that we've become complacent with pasta (Instructables-hand-ravioli in my thoughts) people have not innovated that much, as compared to some () who has successfully(?) marketed SPAM-fritters...

I issue you a challenge to create something new in pasta, because I'm sure you could do it



caitlinsdad (author)caitlinsdad2009-04-28

I'll nominate this as one of the offical Instructable dishes to be endorsed by Squid Labs.

thepelton (author)2009-04-29

You can get wooden dowels as thick as about 1 1/2 inches (38mm), and could grind or whittle down the end to a point. I don't remember the name of the company, but you can buy a tool that will round or turn the end to a pencil-like point. You could probably get it by googleing.

ARBenjamin (author)2009-04-29

Baha! I love this!! Im not much of a cook (really im not haha) But this, is the coolest thing food related i have ever seen xP NICE (+5 points)

mynameisjonas (author)2009-04-28

very cute! now we just have to stuff them with meat and we can have shrimp ravioli

jessyratfink (author)2009-04-28

This is adorable! Great work sir! :D

lemonie (author)jessyratfink2009-04-28

Thanks, I did enjoy eating them (all gone now) L

LiporXT (author)2009-04-28

evvai un'altro prodotto figo made in italy!

lemonie (author)LiporXT2009-04-28

Grazie. (Fatto in Inghilterra) L

greensteam (author)2009-04-28

Hilarious. All the fun of squid without the disgusting sensation of eating boiled salty wellies. I am def going to do this.

lemonie (author)greensteam2009-04-28

It too me a while to do though... L

Sandisk1duo (author)2009-04-28

that's very cool but why wrap the dough around a sharpie? i would have used something more hygenic

lemonie (author)Sandisk1duo2009-04-28

The pen (Staedtler Lumocolor 318) was clean. But anything round and stick-like would be as good. L

Groxx (author)2009-04-28

That's absolutely awesome. I'm not sure if a couple of my friends could eat them, but that just means more for me xD

gmjhowe (author)2009-04-28

These are the best! Great work.

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