Mezze Rigatoni with Cuttlefish, Crab, Tomatoes and Green Peas

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The cuttlefish is sauteed, then tossed in a simple tomato sauce with the lump crab meat and pasta. The green pea sauce goes on the bottom of the plate for color, and a little bit of vegetal sweetness. This was served at the 2015 Flavor Experience conference.


Step 1

Cook the Barilla® pasta for half the time indicated on the package. Drain pasta and drizzle with some olive oil to prevent from sticking. Place pasta flat on sheet trays or hotel pans and cool in a blast chiller. Alternatively, cool it down in a walk-in cooler. Store in zip lock bags or sealed plastic container; refrigerate and use within several hours.

Step 2

Sweat the onions with about 6 Tbsp oil. Stir in the peas and some pasta cooking water; season with salt and pepper. Process in a blender until pureed, adding more water as needed to make a sauce. Set aside.

Step 3

For each serving, to order: Saute a pinch of garlic in 1/2 tsp oil. Add 2 oz. cuttlefish and sear, then add 2 oz. tomatoes, 2 Tbsp. crab, and season with salt and pepper.

Step 4

Reheat 1 1/4 cups pasta in simmering water. Drain and add it to the sauce. Stir in a pinch of parsley.

Step 5

Drizzle some pea sauce on a plate and center the pasta and sauce. Drizzle with more olive oil.


  • 3 lb. Barilla Mezze Rigatoni
  • 1 1/4 cups extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 3 cups green peas
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6 cloves minced garlic
  • 3 lb. fresh or frozen cuttlefish, cleaned and julienned
  • 3 lb. plum tomatoes, blanched and diced
  • 3 lb. lump crab meat
  • 3 Tbsp. minced fresh parsley
Recipe Type:
Chef Recommended Cuts
  • Mezze Penne
  • Mezzi RIgatoni
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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1
Servings Per Container serving

Amount Per Serving
Calories 424
Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 88mg
Sodium 704mg
Total Carbohydrate 49g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 4g
Protein 22g

Vitamin A 15%
Vitamin C 19%
Calcium 10%
Iron 6%
Allergy Information:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Please note: for the purpose of the nutritional assessment, total sodium does not include salt added to the cooking water. When salt is listed "as needed" in the ingredient list, 1 tsp total is included in the analysis.