- 1 kg octopus, fresh or frozen
- ½ cup olive oil
- 2 onions
- 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
- 1 Tbsp tomato paste
- 2 bay leaves
- ¼ tsp of cinnamon, cumin, and allspice
- Salt and pepper
- 500 gr macaroni
Place the octopus with the bay leaves in a large pot. Add a bit of water, the octopus itself will release water. Let it simmer for about 50 minutes. I would advise you to sample a piece of the octopus after 30 minutes of cooking. Not all octopuses are the same and some cook sooner than others. Remove the octopus from the pot and save the octopus water. Cut into small pieces and set aside.
In another pot sauté the onion until translucent and then sauté the clove for a few seconds. Add 5 cups hot water including the octopus water, the tomato paste and bring to boil. Add the spices, salt, and pepper.
Return the octopus to the pot, reduce the heat to low and add the pasta stirring from time to time. Make sure the pasta doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan, and you need to check if the pasta needs more water by tasting it. If you need to add more water, always add boiling water. Once it is ready, taste and adds salt, if necessary, turn the heat off, close the lid, and let stand for 10 minutes.