Ohtapothi me makaronia
Question. What is Oxtapothi me makaronia?
Answer. It's a dish that consis of cooking baby octopus with spaggetti. Greeks really love octopus as a main course, or as an appetizer (meze) grilled on the charcoal with oil/emon sauce.
Tips, tricks and info on how to make Ohtapothi me makaronia
- 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.
NOTE: If this Greek recipe is of interest to you, you may watch our video with step by step instructions and precise ingredient amounts. Ohtapothi me makaronia video