Recipe: Squid Ink Pasta with Prawns, Squid & Bacon (Speck)

I first had this dish at Neil Perry’s Rockpool restaurant in The Rocks, Sydney. It was the first time I had ever tried squid ink and apart from your tongue going black for a while, there is nothing to be worried about – squid ink is delicious! This dish is a beautiful combination of Italian & Asian influences. This is Neil’s recipe. Serves 4.




100g plain flour 
1 egg
1 egg yolk
pinch sea salt
1 teaspoon squid ink
1 teaspoon olive oil

Prawn, Squid & Speck 
300g cleaned squid tubes, sliced 1/2 cm thick
2 tablespoons diced speck or smoky bacon
12 medium green prawns, peeled, deveined and cut into thirds
1 wild green chilli*
1 teaspoon squid ink*
1/4 cup chicken stock
1 tablespoon fish sauce
pinch sea salt
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 punnet cherry tomatoes sliced in half
2 tablespoons coriander leaves


To make the pasta, sift the flour in to a large bowl, add the salt, egg, additional egg yolk, olive oil. Mix the squid ink with a tablespoon warm water then add to the bowl. Mix everything into a dough and knead gently, then wrap in gladwrap and rest for 30 minutes.

Once rested, pass through a pasta machine (keep well floured) until at the desired thickness, then slice in to strips about 1.5cm wide. Set aside.

Bring a pot of water to the boil.

Heat a large frying pan, add a dash of olive oil then add the squid, speck (bacon), prawns, chilli and garlic. Toss quickly for about a minute then take the pan off the heat.

Blanch the noodles until al dente and add them to the pan & return the pan to the heat. Add the squid ink, chicken stock, fish sauce, salt & lemon juice. Taste and adjust seasoning.

Turn off the heat, add the coriander & cherry tomatoes & serve immediately.

*Squid ink is available in jars from the fish markets or good delis. Substitute a long red chilli for the wild green chilli if unavailable.

2 Comments on “Recipe: Squid Ink Pasta with Prawns, Squid & Bacon (Speck)

  1. It sounds really delicious. The recipe seems simple and easy to make. I have to try this.

    • Thanks Tes! The great thing about this dish is that you put everything in to the one pot!

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