Tuxedo Bow-Tie Pasta with Shrimp

tuxedo bow tie shrimp
Photo: Paola + Murray
Prep Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 25 mins

Cuttlefish ink gives these handmade bow-ties a dramatic look and a rich, briny flavor that won't overwhelm the shrimp. Invest your time in making and shaping the dough, because the citrusy sauce is quick to come together and dresses this dish up with a bright acidity.



  • 2 cups "00" flour, plus more for dusting

  • 3 large eggs, beaten

  • 1 teaspoon cuttlefish ink (sometimes labeled "squid ink")

  • Semolina flour, for dusting

Shrimp Sauce

  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled, deveined, and halved lengthwise, shells reserved

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 teaspoons)

  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice

  • Kosher salt


  1. Dough: Stir together 1 cup "00" flour, 2 teaspoons warm water, and half of eggs (about 1/4 cup) in a medium bowl until a ragged dough forms (if too dry, add more water 1 teaspoon at a time). Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.

  2. In another medium bowl, vigorously whisk remaining half of eggs with cuttlefish ink and 1 teaspoon warm water to thoroughly combine. Stir in remaining 1 cup flour to bowl with cuttlefish mixture and mix until a ragged dough forms (if too dry, add more water 1 teaspoon at a time). Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.

  3. Form each dough into a square disk, tightly wrap in plastic, and let stand 1 hour.

  4. Unwrap both doughs; place cuttlefish-ink dough on top of plain dough. On a floured surface, roll the stack of dough out to an 18-by-20-inch rectangle. Cut into 1-inch-wide strips, then crosswise into 2-inch-long rectangles. Keep cut pasta covered with plastic wrap while you work.

  5. Working one at a time, pinch middle of each pasta rectangle with 2 fingers to create a bow-tie shape; transfer to a rimmed baking sheet generously dusted with semolina.

  6. Shrimp Sauce: In a small saucepan, bring shrimp shells and 2 cups water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer 5 minutes; strain and discard shells. Heat oil in a large straight-sided skillet over medium. Add garlic and red-pepper flakes; cook until sizzling and fragrant, 30 seconds.

  7. Stir in tomato paste; cook until caramelized, about 1 minute. Add shrimp broth and both citrus juices. Simmer until sauce is thickened and reduced to approximately 3/4 cup, 6 to 7 minutes.

  8. Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of generously salted boiling water until al dente, 7 to 9 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water; drain. Add pasta and 1/4 cup pasta water to sauce and cook, stirring frequently, until sauce clings evenly to pasta, 2 to 3 minutes.

  9. Add shrimp, stirring just until cooked through, about 1 minute. Remove skillet from heat. If pasta appears dry, right before serving stir in more pasta water a little at a time, just until sauce clings evenly to pasta again. Transfer to bowls, drizzle with oil, and serve.

Cook's Notes

You can shape and freeze the pasta on a parchment-lined baking sheet dusted with semolina flour. Once firm, transfer to a resealable bag; freeze up to one month. Boil from frozen, adding two to three minutes to the cooking time.

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