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Ben and Jamie make an under-the-sea italian recipe of squid ink risotto, roasted tomatos, and seaweed garlic bread.

Squid Ink Risotto


  • 1 onion

  • 1 clove garlic

  • 1 handful fresh thyme

  • 250 grams arborio risotto rice

  • 1 glass white wine

  • 1 liter warm vegetable stock

  • 1 squid ink sachet (from the fish counter)

  • 2 small squid, prepped and cleaned

  • 1 lemon

  • 1 handful parsley, chopped

  • 1 handful parmesan, grated

  • 1 sheet nori seaweed

  • 2 knobs butter


  1. Preheat an oven to 180°C.

  2. Peel and dice the onion, then fry in a hot pan with a knob of butter for a few minutes.

  3. Crush the garlic and chop the thyme, adding both to the pan and cook for a minute.

  4. Tip in the rice and stir to coat the rice grains in the butter.

  5. Splash in the wine and reduce quickly so nearly all the wine has gone.

  6. Stir in the squid ink until the rice is coated in the ink and jet black.

  7. Add the stock, a ladle at a time, stirring regularly, until rice is plump and cooked (approximately 20 minutes).

  8. Don't add the next ladle until the last has been absorbed.

  9. Zest the lemon into the risotto with the parsley, parmesan and the other knob of butter.

  10. Cook the squid: Slice the prepared squid into rings and bite-sized pieces, then pat dry. Season the squid and fry in a very hot pan with oil for a minute.

  11. Serve the risotto in a large bowl and place the fried squid on top. Squeeze a little lemon onto the risotto and serve with the garlic bread and roasted tomatoes to garnish.

Squid Ink Risotto

Garlic Bread


  • 1 handful cherry tomatoes

  • 1 ciabatta loaf

  • 1 knob butter

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1 sheet nori seaweed


  1. Peel and crush the garlic for the bread and finely chop up the seaweed sheet.

  2. Stir the garlic and seaweed in to the melted butter and season with black pepper.

  3. Slice the ciabatta into pieces and brush generously with the garlic seaweed butter.

  4. Warm and toast the bread in the oven for 10 minutes along with the tomatoes.

Garlic Bread




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