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Buttery Squid Ink Spaghetti

If you crave butter pastas as much as I do, then I got you. This spaghetti has multidimensional flavors. The richness of the butter sauce is balanced with the brightness of lemon (which I enhanced with marjoram), and the garlic adds a bold hint of spice. It's topped with bottarga to give the pasta a little more depth and body. Bottarga is salted cured fish roe. A delicious delicacy from the Mediterranean that adds a punch of flavor to any pasta recipe. As for the squid ink spaghetti, I use Le Bonte' Del Casale's pasta, which can be found at any Italian Market or specialty foods store.

Prep Time: 10-20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

The Goods:

7 oz squid ink spaghetti

2 tbsp unsalted butter

2 tbsp plugra butter

1 garlic clove, thinly sliced

2 tbsp fresh picked marjoram, split

pinch of red pepper flakes

Kosher Salt

fresh cracked peppercorn

The Method:

  1. Bring a pot with six quarts of water to boil. Add your spaghetti and cook until halfway done (the noodles should still have a decent bite to them).

  2. In a separate pot, melt two tbsp butter. Fry the marjoram and garlic, then add the red pepper flakes and a pinch of salt.

  3. Add your half-cooked spaghetti to the pot with your fried herbs along with 1/4 cup of your pasta water.

  4. Let your spaghetti simmer and reduce. Gently agitate pasta as it cooks.

  5. While the pasta water is reducing and a sauce is starting to form, add kosher salt to taste and some fresh marjoram.

  6. Finish with the remaining two tbsp butter. Toss or stir the pasta until the sauce is thick and butter is incorporated.

  7. Garnish with fresh cracked pepper and grated bottarga.


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I'm Jorden Hand - the "hand" behind the hand that feeds you. The food you'll find here is inspired by the experiences I've gained through travel and working in some of the best restaurants Seattle has to offer. I Hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I enjoyed making them for you. 

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