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Squid Stuffed with Spinach and Ricotta Cheese
Serves 6

12 squid, about 6 inches each, cleaned.

1/2 lb ricotta cheese
2 lbs fresh spinach, steamed lightly, and liquid squeezed out
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
2 Tbl finely minced fresh parsley
1 egg, slightly beaten

2 Tbl olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1.5 lbs plum tomatoes, pureed in blender
1 Tbl tomato paste
1/2 tsp fresh rosemary or 1/4 tsp dried

1.5 Tbl butter
3 Tbl pine nuts or sunflower seeds

Cut off tentacles so that you have just the body cavity. Make sure
to keep it whole so you can stuff it without leaks. Reserve the
tentacles.

Mix together the ricotta, spinach, Parmesan, pepper, nutmeg, parsley
and egg. Set aside.

Heat the oil at medium in a large heavy skillet or saucepan. Add
the garlic. Stir and cook for a few seconds. Add the tomatoes.
Bring to a boil and add tomato paste. Lower heat and add rosemary.
Simmer sauce for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

While the sauce is simmering, stuff the body of each squid only
about 1/3 full of the spinach/cheese mixture. If you overstuff
them, they will explode. You might also want to poke a hole or two
in the body of the squid. Fasten the opening of each squid with a
toothpick.

After the sauce has cooked, place the stuffed squid in the simmering
sauce. Add the tentacles to the sauce. Simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.
Then turn carefully and simmer for an additional 3 minutes.

While the squid is cooking, melt the butter in a clean pan and toss
the pine nuts in the butter until golden. Watch carefully; pine
nuts have a tendancy to burn.

Lift out stuffed squid to a warm, flat serving dish with sides.
Spoon sauce around and garnish with pine nuts.

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