Squid with Tomatoes and Peas, Tuscan Style


For 4 to 6 servings

  • 2½ pounds small to medium whole squid OR 2 pounds cleaned squid, sliced into rings
  • 1½ tablespoons onion chopped very fine
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1½ teaspoons garlic chopped fine
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • ¾ cup fresh, ripe tomatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped, OR canned imported Italian plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped, with their juice
  • Salt Black pepper, ground fresh from the mill
  • 2 pounds unshelled fresh peas or ten-ounce package frozen peas, thawed


If cleaning the squid yourself, follow these directions. Slice the sac into rings a little less than ½ inch wide, and separate the cluster of tentacles into two parts. Whether cleaning it yourself or using it already cleaned, wash all parts in cold water and pat thoroughly dry with cloth or paper towels.

Put the onion and olive oil in a large saucepan, and turn on the heat to medium.

Cook and stir the onion until it becomes colored a pale gold, then add the garlic. When the garlic becomes lightly colored, add the parsley, stir once or twice, then add the tomatoes. Stir thoroughly to coat well and cook at a steady simmer for 10 minutes.

Add the squid to the pot, cover, and adjust heat to cook at a slow simmer for 35 to 40 minutes. Add a few pinches of salt, some grindings of pepper, and stir thoroughly.

If using fresh peas: Shell them, add them to the pot, stir thoroughly, cover, and continue to cook at a slow simmer until the squid feels tender when prodded with a fork. It may take another 20 minutes depending on the squid’s size. Taste a ring to be sure it is fully cooked. If using frozen peas: Add the thawed peas when the squid is tender, stir thoroughly, and cook for another 3 or 4 minutes.

Taste and correct for salt and pepper, transfer to a warm, deep serving platter, and serve promptly. Ahead-of-time note You can stop the cooking at the end of Step 3 and resume it several hours or even a day later. Bring to a simmer before adding the peas. You may even complete the dish a day or two in advance, reheating it very gently before serving. It tastes sweetest, however, when prepared and eaten the same dJuice


Very simple and tasted excellent! Certainly do again. Good value for money as well.


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