2 lbs. Cuttlefish
10 oz long-grain rice
1 qt. fish broth
1 onion
1 clove garlic
1 spring parsley
1/2 cup white wine
olive oil
tomato sauce

How to make the Cuttlefish Black Risotto:

Remove the ink sacs from the cuttlefish and set them aside. Slice the cuttlefish into short, thin strips. Finely chop one onion and cook it with one clove of garlic in a saucepan with 8 tbs. olive oil.

When the garlic is brown, remove it from the pan and add finely chopped parsley and the cuttlefish. Fry the cuttlefish slowly, then drizzle with a little white wine and its black ink. Halfway though cooking add the rice, stir and pour in the tomato sauce. Add in a ladleful of hot broth every now and then, until rice has cooked completely. Taste before taking off the fire and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

This recipe is common to various Italian regions. In Sicily, in the Catania area, risotto al nero di seppia is traditionally served covered with a grated salty ricotta cap and topped with a spoonful a tomato sauce to reproduce the shape of the Etna volcano with its top covered in snow and lava coming out its crater.

Serves 4

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