Cooking with Love

with Gianna Conte (Jan)

Cooking with Love

with Gianna Conte (Jan)

Large calamari stuffed and cooked in marinara sauce

Mama's Stuffed Calamari

This is a fish dish my mother prepared for us every once in a while. When she made it, I couldn't get enough. When I got married my husband wanted me to make them his Mama's style. I had his mother's and they were good, but I favored my mother's way. Just to make it fair, I made them both ways. This is my mother's recipe:

2 lbs whole, cleaned calamari

Separate the tentacles, set aside

1/2 onion, chopped

1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes

In bowl, add:

2 eggs

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

2 Tbsp dried parsley

1 tsp garlic powder

3/4 cup plain bread crumbs


Scramble eggs, add rest of ingredients. Should resemble thick oatmeal. Should be moldable in texture.

Pat dry the calamari tubes. With spoon, fill each tube with the stuffing. Secure the top with toothpick. Fill 1/2 way. The egg will expand and fill it while cooking.

Pat dry the tentacles.

Pour some oil in large pot. Add chopped onion and let the onion cook slowly until translucent. Add the tentacles and brown in onions. At this point, you can add some wine and reduce till the smell of the wine is gone.

Add the crushed tomatoes and add salt to taste.

Add some fresh parsley right into the sauce. Let the sauce simmer for about 10 minutes.

Slowly slip in the stuffed Calamari, making sure they are separate from each other.

Let the calamari cook, while gently stirring the pot every 5 minutes. The sauce should be done after 35 -40 minutes.

You can make linguine or fettuccine and pour sauce on top, while serving the calamari on the side. Slice the calamari and don't forget to remove toothpicks.

Sauce is simmering

As you can see, these are very large

Now that I live in Georgia, I can't find medium sized calamari. They're either tiny or huge.

These are the tiny ones I made in July. They were so much work to fill, but they were so tender.

Mama Conte's stuffed Calamari

2 lbs calamari, cleaned and patted dry.

Tentacles should be chopped up to become part of the stuffing.

3 pieces of any kind of bread, broken up

Fresh parsley, chopped to measure 2 Tbsp

3 cloves garlic, minced

Salt and pepper to taste

2 eggs

1/2 cup raisins

Combine all ingredients in bowl. Fill calamari tubes 1/2 way up and secure with toothpick.

Carefully slip into tomato sauce that has been salted to your taste.

Same as above...