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Octopus with spaghetti (Χταπόδι με μακαρόνια)

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  • Excellent source of Vitamin B-12
  • Excellent source of Protein
  • Excellent source of Selenium
  • Excellent source of iron

Tomato sauce

  • Excellent source of Vitamin A
  • Excellent source of the antioxidant lycopene
  • Good source of Vitamin C

Spaghetti, whole wheat

  • Excellent source of fiber
  • Good source of selenium
  • Good source of potassium
  • Good source of magnesium
  • Good source of calcium
  • Good source of iron

Tips & tricks

If you do not like fish with pasta, suprisingly, you will love this dish. There is no 'fishy' taste whatsoever coming from the octopus. 





Recipe directions

  • Rinse thoroughly the octopus under running water.
  • Turn the stomach  inside out and clean it thoroughly to get rid of any sand, if any.
  • We are using baby octopus, so we do not discard any part of the body. It has already been cleaned.
  • Sauté the octopus at medium heat.
  • The octopus will release a lot of water. Keep sautéing until all water has evaporated, as shown next.
  • Drain the octopus to get rid of any left over water (if any).
  • Cut sautéed octopus into small pieces.
  • Heat some oil in a pot.
  • Sauté the octopus, onions and chopped garlic.
  • After a few minutes of sautéing, add the wine and tomato sauce.
  • After 10 minutes of sautéing, add the water specified in the recipe and bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling begins add the spaghetti.
  • Stir the spaghetti continuously for the first minute or two, to prevent them from sticking together.
  • Cook spaghetti for another 20-25 minutes or until done, stirring every couple of minutes.
  • If spaghetti is not ready and there is not a lot of sauce, add additional water as specified in the recipe.
  • At the very end, taste the sauce and add salt if needed.


If this Greek recipe is of interest to you, you may watch our video with step by step instructions and precise ingredient amounts;   Learn how to cook Octopus with spaghetti (Χταπόδι με μακαρόνια), Greek style


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