Octopus stew with pasta

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Octopus stew with pasta

from RereRini on 06/10/2019 11:57 AM

1 kg fresh or frozen octopus (or octopus pieces)
2/3 cup olive oil
1 chopped onion
1 bay leaf
400 grams chopped tomatoes (can be canned)
2 teaspoons tomato paste
½ cup white wine
500 grams. macaroni

We place the octopus in a large pot and heat, add a bit of water, the octopus itself will release water. We let it simmer for about 20 minutes. The octopus will shrink and curl.  We remove octopus from pot and save the octopus water. We cut into small pieces about 2cm and we set aside.  In another pot we sauté the onion until translucent, add the octopus pieces and continue sautéing for a few more minutes.  We add the tomatoes, the tomato paste and about 1 1/2 cup water (it can be the octopus water depending on the strength of flavor we want) and the wine.  We cover and let it simmer for about 40 minutes.  We add the pasta and let it cook for about 12 minutes until pasta is done.

*We can also cook the pasta separately. Greek dishes tend to cook pasta more and not al dente, so we may wish to cook the pasta al dente separately and then mix it with the sauce. It won't have as much octopus flavor though, since in the original version the pasta cooks with the octopus.
*In the traditional cookbooks they recommend that octopus should not be cooked with salt. I am not sure of the reason, but that is just fine like that as we can add the salt afterwards in the recipes.



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Re: Octopus stew with pasta

from LeprechaunLily on 07/01/2019 07:36 PM

This seems heavenly! I've heard octopus and calamari become very rubbery when cooked with salt, I think that might be the reason.


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