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Black Squid Ink Pasta with Oyster Carbonara Sauce

Black Squid Ink Pasta with Oyster Carbonara Sauce


A modern twist on a traditional carbonara pasta, using squid ink and oysters. Creamy and decadent – a real treat.

  • Serves: 4 |
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  • Prep Time : 30 mins |
  • Cook Time : 20 mins
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1 packet black squid ink pasta (available from your local Pick ’n Pay FINEST range)

4 tsp (20 ml) olive oil

30 fresh oysters, shucked and cleaned

125 g pancetta or smoked back bacon (Pinto’s sells fantastic self-made bacon)

2 cloves garlic

1½ C (375) ml thick cream

¾ C (180 ml) grated Parmesan

zest and juice of ½ lemon

2 Tbsp (30 ml) chopped flat-leaf parsley

4 Tbsp (60 ml) pine nuts, roasted

Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta according to packet instructions. Drain, refresh and toss in ½ Tbsp (7.5 ml) olive oil to keep the strands from sticking.

Remove the oysters from the shells and keep to one side.

Heat the remaining oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the pancetta and cook for 2–3 minutes until starting to crisp. Add the garlic and cream and cook for 1–2 minutes until reduced by half. Add the Parmesan and season to taste. Keep warm.

Pour boiling water over the pasta to refresh and then strain and add to a medium pot. Add the oysters and the sauce to the pasta. Add the lemon zest and juice for final flavour. Serve on a big platter and sprinkle with the chopped parsley and pine nuts. Serve warm.