Squid Ink Pasta

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Any type of pasta that has been enhanced with the chemical substance extracted from the ocean squid so it becomes very black in color. Squid ink, which is also available from the Cuddlefish (related to the Squid family), is added to the water and dough as pasta is made, creating very black colored pasta. This ink provides a salty and somewhat sweet flavor as an ingredient and coloring to the pasta. Ribbons of pasta, such as Squid Ink Tagliatelle, are produced that are single pieces of black pasta. Another version of Squid Ink pasta is dual colored pasta (due colori) that is produced by combining a ball of black colored pasta with a ball of natural or white colored pasta. The dough is rolled flat so the black is on one side and the white on the other and then as it is placed into the pasta maker it comes out with the dual coloring, one for each side.

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