Calamari in a Creamy White Wine Sauce


1/2 pound linguine pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed
8 ounces squid, cleaned and cut into rings and tentacles
3/4 cup white wine
3 cherry peppers, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup cream
crushed red pepper flakes to taste
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup shredded fresh basil
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add crushed garlic, and cook for a few seconds until it turns golden brown. Stir in the squid, and cook until it turns white. Pour in white wine and cherry pepper slices; bring to a simmer, and cook until the wine is reduced by half, about 3 minutes.

Stir cornstarch into the cream, and add to the simmering calamari. Season with red pepper flakes, basil, salt, and pepper; stir until thickened. To serve, toss pasta with sauce, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.