Overhead shot of black pasta in a white bowl with shrimp and scallops

Squid Ink Pasta with White Wine Cream Sauce

Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: squid ink pasta, white wine cream sauce
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 953 kcal

Squid Ink Pasta with White Wine Cream Sauce Recipe is an elegant dish that is easy to prepare. Wow, your diners with this striking dish.



  • 8 ounces squid ink spaghetti
  • 8 large dry scallops , muscle removed and patted dry
  • 8 jumbo shrimp , patted dry
  • 1 large shallot , minced
  • 4 garlic cloves , minced
  • 8 tablespoons butter , divided
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese , finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons parsley , roughly chopped
  • Fine sea salt & pepper
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese , for garnish
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes , halved


  1. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to pasta directions. No need to add extra salt, as this pasta has a salty taste. Drain and return to the pot, tossing with 2 tablespoons butter to coat the pasta and prevent it from sticking.

  2. While the pasta cooks, heat a large skillet to medium-high heat. When hot, add 4 tablespoons butter.
  3. Add scallops, searing on each side for 2 minutes. Remove and set aside. Add shrimp, cooking until pink and slightly curled. Remove and set aside.
  4. Add remaining butter, shallots, and garlic, stirring for 2 minutes. Add flour, scraping up butter and bits to a paste.
  5. While stirring, pour in white wine to deglaze the pan. Bring to a boil, reducing slightly.
  6. Stir in lemon zest, heavy cream, crushed red pepper, Parmesan cheese, and parsley. Season with fine sea salt and pepper. Return seafood to the pan, spooning sauce over to reheat for approximately 2-3 minutes. The sauce should be a loose, creamy sauce, but not heavy.
  7. Divide squid ink spaghetti and seafood between bowls, spooning sauce over top. Garnish with shaved Parmesan cheese and grape tomatoes.

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Nutrition Facts
Squid Ink Pasta with White Wine Cream Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 953 Calories from Fat 621
% Daily Value*
Fat 69g106%
Saturated Fat 42g263%
Cholesterol 263mg88%
Sodium 573mg25%
Potassium 426mg12%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 2960IU59%
Vitamin C 8.5mg10%
Calcium 200mg20%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.