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A few months ago, Central Market's Greek Festival turned us on to the delights of tiny octopi.  I am pretty certain that my family is sick of octopus, but I've come up with a super simple and tasty recipe that everyone loves!


  • 1 1/2 pounds of small octopus
  • 1/2 pound of pasta (I love Montebello's Farfalle!)  
  • Coarse sea salt
  • 10-15 Peppercorns
  • 1 large clove of Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • 1/2 an Onion, chopped
  • 8-10 Baby Bella Mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 bunch of Arugula, chopped
  • 1 24 oz jar of tomato sauce (like Mom's Garlic & Basil Spaghetti Sauce)


  • Heat your grill.  You will want a VERY hot grill for the Octopus, so get it started early.
  • Fill two large pots with water and a sprinkle of sea salt.  Both pots will eventually hold boiling water, so don't overfill.  
  • In one pot, add the Peppercorns and Garlic and bring to a boil.
  • Add the Octopus to the boiling water.  Wait for the water to come back to a boil, then place a lid on the pot and reduce the heat to lo.  The Octopus will boil for 20-25 minutes.
  • Turn the heat on under the second pot of water to bring it to a boil.  When it reaches a boil, add your pasta and cook per the package's instructions.
  • Meanwhile, wash and chop all of the vegetables.  
  • In a skillet, on medium heat, add a generous dash of Olive Oil (enough to keep the vegetables from sticking to your pan).  
  • Add the onions to the olive oil, sautéing lightly before adding the mushrooms.  Shortly before the pasta is done boiling, add the arugula and sauté for about a minute before adding the tomato sauce.
  • By now, the octopus should be thoroughly boiled.  Pour the contents of the Octopus pot through a strainer, then mix the Octopus with a generous amount of Olive Oil.  I recruited help for this step:
  • Take the Octopus out to the grill and use a vegetable basket to charr them ever so slightly.  I use high heat for about 3-5 minutes, tossing the Octopus a few times to evenly cook.
  • Now your pasta and veggies should be ready.  Strain the pasta, then top with the octopus and vegetable/sauce mixture.  
  • Combine all of the ingredients, and dinner is served!


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