Slow cooked octopus in tomato sauce pasta recipe - The Community Leader and Real Estate New and Views


Check out this deliciously simple recipe from local fisherman Spero Kartanos, who knows his seafood! It’s a dish that highlights the fresh octopus, with a focus on flavour and minimal ingredients, cooked low and slow.

  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1 small onion, brown or white, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1kg of small, cleaned octopus (or squid)
  • 400g tomato pulp/tinned tomatoes
  • 300ml red wine
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 4 bay leaves – fresh or dried
  • A handful of freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • Additional chopped parsley to garnish
  • Cooked pasta (you choose the type) to serve
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large heavy-based pot, like a Dutch oven or a heavy casserole dish.
  2. Add the garlic and onion and stir gently over a medium heat for a few minutes, then add the octopus to the pot, along with the tomatoes, red wine, parsley, tomato paste, bay leaves and chilli (if using).
  3. Cook on a very low heat, covered, for 1.5 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until the octopus/squid is tender. Smaller squid will take less time to cook.
  4. Once the octopus is tender, season with salt and pepper, then serve over pasta and garnish with chopped parsley.

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