Stuffed Squid (Calamari) In Tomato Sauce

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Stuffed Squid (Calamari) in delicious Italian Fresh Tomato Sauce is an Italian traditional meal served on Christmas Eve.


This has always been one of the 7 fishes served on our Italian tables.


We enjoy this traditional seafood banquet and absolutely love these gourmet treats during the holiday like baccala and make a fresh tomato sauce for this dish using Mom's Marinara Sauce Recipe.


I am truly blessed to have a family that kept the traditions from generation to generation and my children will do the same.


For this family, the traditional Christmas Eve recipe that printable, scroll down to the recipe card and print it off.




this is how to make one of the 7 fish on Christmas Eve Stuffed Calamari. This calamari is in a rich tomato sauce that has a stuffing inside and is an Italian tradition on Christmas Eve




Christmas Eve Traditions



A real tradition in my family every Christmas Eve. Mom, from Bari, use to prepare this that night, dad would be so impatient as it was his favorite.


Another one of those dishes, when I was a small child I would shun away from. Now, I only wish I could go back in time knowing the art it was to watch her make this so perfect, tender and delectable as she did, then to learn exactly what she put in hers.


After many years of trying to master her recipe, I finally got a taste that brought tears in my eyes to have a part of her in our home for this holiday season.


After all, Christmas Eve is a time for the family to be close, making memories for their kids to pass on, this one will be it for me.



this is how to make one of the 7 fish on Christmas Eve Stuffed Calamari. This calamari is in a rich tomato sauce that has a stuffing inside and the squid is held together with toothpicks  and is an Italian tradition on Christmas Eve


Roll and Tie



These stay together pretty easily in the pot when simmering.

I usually tie them with butcher string or use a toothpick like mom used to.

Either way, the stuffing stays inside and the calamari is tender and flavorful.



this is how to make one of the 7 fish on Christmas Eve Stuffed Calamari. This calamari is in a rich tomato sauce that has a stuffing inside and the squid is held together with toothpicks  and is an Italian tradition on Christmas Eve


Mom's Recipe



I have had her recipes that say ingredients on index cards for years now, there were never amounts written down, until now.


Couple that with even more traditions with the Christmas Eve vigil of awaiting the arrival of Gesu Bambino then add in the Italian fondness for turning any occasion into a reason for cooking and eating in and you have the Feast of the Seven Fishes on the table.


On Christmas Eve, my mom and Grandma would prepare baccala (salt cod), fried smelts, shrimp, spaghetti con aglio e olio with anchovies, eel, and the dish I would like to share with you today which is stuffed calamari (squid)



this is how to make one of the 7 fish on Christmas Eve Stuffed Calamari. This calamari is in a rich tomato sauce that has a stuffing inside and the squid is held together with toothpicks  and is an Italian tradition on Christmas Eve


So Many Childhood Memories



This is a memorable treat for me, some of my family remembers Mom's stuffed calamari for every Christmas Eve, my kids will now learn our many years of traditional 7 fishes and this dish will now be added with love!


A real tradition in my family every Christmas Eve.


Mom, from Bari, use to prepare this that night, dad would be so impatient as it was his favorite.


Another one of those dishes, when I was a small child I would shun away from and now I love it.


Now, I only wish I could go back in time knowing the art it was to watch her make this so perfect, tender, and delectable as she did, then to learn exactly what she put in hers.


These traditions have their roots in Southern Italy and owe their origins in part to the Roman Catholic practice of abstaining from meat on certain days of the week.


It's funny how as we grow older, how much more you think and relive those traditions we remembered as a child, as it becomes more important as an adult.



this is the sauce for stuffed squid calamari



Ingredients You Will Need

  • squid tubes
  • boiled eggs
  • bread crumbs
  • grated cheese
  • parsley
  • salt pepper
  • minced garlic
  • tomato sauce

This is how to make the stuffing that goes into this is how to clean squid tubes for stuffing and making stuffed calamari for the 7 fishes on Christmas Eve Italian Traditional dinner


Tools You Will Need

  1. knife
  2. cutting board
  3. 5-quart saucepan
  4. toothpicks
  5. bowl
  6. spoons


this is how to make one of the 7 fish on Christmas Eve Stuffed Calamari. This calamari is in a rich tomato sauce that has a stuffing inside and the squid is held together with toothpicks  and is an Italian tradition on Christmas Eve



Other Fillings to Use(wine is used to moisten):

  • Sauteed spinach with breadcrumbs white wine
  • Minced Mushrooms, breadcrumbs white wine
  • Minced baby shrimps with breadcrumbs and white wine
  • Anchovy fillets, arugula with breadcrumbs, and white wine
  • Note: use the same herbs and seasoning in the recipe below omit eggs




These are calamari tubes that are in a bowl of water soaking ready to be made into stuffed calamari for Christmas Eve Dinner







Tips

  • Clean squid ahead of time and refrigerate in water
  • Use only the best-canned tomatoes like San Marzano
  • Don't overstuff the tubes or they will burst
  • Perciatelli is a favorite pasta to serve
  • Simmer slowly for best results in the tomato sauce
  • For larger tubes double the filling as needed (we use medium-sized tubes)


this is how to clean squid tubes for stuffing and making stuffed calamari for the 7 fishes on Christmas Eve Italian Traditional dinner



The Sauce and Stuffing



The sauce over the pasta is the best flavor with simmered calamari stuffed. It slow simmers and the squid is super soft and easy to cut with a fork.


The sauce is in a light marinara sauce and she used fresh plum tomatoes.


A must make tradition every year here and in many Italian homes at Christmas.




This is how to make the stuffing that goes into this is how to clean squid tubes for stuffing and making stuffed calamari for the 7 fishes on Christmas Eve Italian Traditional dinner



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Stuffed Squid (Calamari) In Tomato Sauce

Stuffed Squid (Calamari) In Tomato Sauce

Yield: 8
Author:
prep time: 25 Mcook time: 2 hourtotal time: 2 H & 25 M
This is one of the 7 Fishes served on Christmas Eve in an Italian household called Stuffed Squid which is a calamari in tomato sauce then served over pasta.

ingredients:

  • 20 cleaned calamari/squid tubes (This will stuff 20 small tubes. Make a double batch if you have large tubes.)
  • 2 cups bread crumbs Italian flavored
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup Romano grated cheese
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 6 hard-boiled eggs finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • pinch of cayenne or red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup olive oil or more for sauteing first
  • Marinara Sauce (that's what I use) or
  • Traditional Sunday Sauce(without meat )or your favorite sauce
  • Pasta of choice boiled in saltwater

instructions:

How to cook Stuffed Squid (Calamari) In Tomato Sauce

  1. In a medium-size bowl mix bread crumbs with all seasonings. 
  2. On the side of the squid, the opening cut a small slit to open the tops wider. 
  3. Stuff the squid using your fingers to get down to the end of the squid being careful not to rip them open at the bottoms and leave expanding space at the tops. 
  4. After filling all the squid, secure the tops of each one with toothpicks. I like to brown mine first before adding to the pot of sauce. 
  5. I saute them in olive oil with some minced garlic until browned. (You don't have to do this step if you don't want to.)
  6.  I then drop them into a 5-quart pot of tomato sauce and cook for three hours on low or more until the squid is soft and tender. 
  7. At least 1 hour and 30 minutes, sometimes longer depending on how soft they are, you need to test them.
  8. Serve the squid over linguine, perciatelli, or your favorite pasta.
  9. Differences?
  10. The word calamari is the plural form of the Italian word for squid, Calamaro. It's calamar in Spanish. 
  11. The name derives from the Latin word calamarium for "ink pot."
  12. Since calamari seems to sound more palatable than the word squid, you will most often see squid recipes listed as calamari on restaurant menus, recipes, etc. 
  13. It's one of those words that just "sounds better" or "has class," according to some people. 
  14. Whether you eat calamari or squid, you're eating the same thing.
Calories
320
Fat (grams)
11
Sat. Fat (grams)
4
Carbs (grams)
13
Net carbs
5
Sugar (grams)
7
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this is how to make one of the 7 fish on Christmas Eve Stuffed Calamari. This calamari is in a rich tomato sauce that has a stuffing inside and is an Italian tradition on Christmas Eve.


Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2011. It was edited and re-published in 2020.

24 comments

  1. I love how your family has these traditional dishes that you so generously share with your readers. I would love to come to your house and learn how to prepare them with you. When I went to Italy I fell in love with the food and people, but when I got home I only had books to learn from. Everybody needs an Italian mom/grandma to learn from, if you want to make the best food. Books don't teach the tricks, tips and love that moms do. Because you take the time to share many of us can learn from a real Italian mom. Thanks Claudia! And I am glad to see that Curt and Gino realize what a treasure you are and are in the kitchen learning from you as well.

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  2. Wonderful ^__^ I love stuffed squids cooked in this way. Bye, have a great week end

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  3. I knew this had to be one of your dishes for Christmas Eve. We'd always have oyster stew growing up, but I'd welcome 6 more seafood options!

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  4. What a coincidence, I made calamari just a while ago for lunch but I just floured them and fried them. Yours is so much more delicious! Thank you for the recipe.

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  5. Wow, this sounds awesome! I love squid (Calamari). I'll bet this is fantastic stuffed.

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  6. Claudia, I've never made squid, let alone stuffed it. This has to be very time consuming and an art for such little bitty pieces. I'm sure these taste fantastic. You're a talented chef!

    Have a great weekend!

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  7. I've never had them stuffed (love that your brothers called them torpedoes!). What an endearing, delicious recipe! There's a lot of love going into that dish - and isn't that why we cook?

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  8. These look delicious and I can see where patience is needed. The only calamari I've had is breaded and fried but it's like a pretty tasteless rubber to me. This on the other hand seems like a dish I could really like.

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  9. I've always shied away from making calamari, but I will certainly try this! Happy Holidays!

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  10. I do not now, nor will I ever eat squid, but this is how my mom liked to prepare it. I remember her using "colorful" language when she stuffed it, so I know how much patience it took for you to produce these. Thanks for the memories.

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  11. I absolutely adore calamari and this is such a wonderful way to enjoy it!!

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  12. Oh my gosh Claudia the word patience is an understatement!!! I like to bake mine in tomato sauce. Eggs are the difference in our family recipes. This is a very time consuming dish and one I won't be serving this year.

    Fabulous dish and tradition friend.

    Wishing you and yours a blessed and beautiful Christmas.

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  13. Wow, that looks great! It sees you have certainly mastered the art of stuffing them!

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  14. Got to make these for my family..you know i am not huge fan of squid, but would totally try it!!!!

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  15. Very interesting. I do love calamari - but only know the battered, deep fried rings and the "little animals" (which I don't like).

    Merry Christmas, Claudia. :)

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  16. Don't get squid too often but this is a wonderful recipe; I can see why your dad loved it so much.

    Have a great happy Christmas

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  17. Oh man, how I love calamari! I am always scared I'll make it too chewy, but your recipe sounds to die for :)

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  18. You can't beat a good homemade tomato sauce.

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  19. What a wonderful and delicious Christmas eve memory. Such a delicious looking dish, I do love calamari.

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  20. They look fab!! Love how you have mastered the method of stuffing.

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  21. I have never had this before but it totally looks like something I would love. Great recipe Claudia!

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  22. This is a great seafood recipe to serve at the dinner table this Christmas! Looks delicious!

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  23. I have never had stuffed squids. My mom usually made stirfries with veggies with them. This looks really tasty!

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