Baby octopus with tomato, chillies and basil

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By: Giorgio Locatelli From: Giorgio Locatelli Pure Italian

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1. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and chillies, and gently fry for a minute or two without letting them burn.

2. Add the octopus and fry for few minutes, turning once, until white.

3. Pour in the wine and simmer briskly to allow the alcohol to evaporate.

4. Add the diced tomatoes and the tomato sauce and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, then add the basil leaves and simmer for 2 minutes more.

5. Place some octopus and the sauce in the middle of each plate. Drizzle with olive oil.

6. Set the toasted bread on the side and serve.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 red chillies, deseeded and chopped
  • 400baby g octopus, cleaned and cut into small pieces
  • 3 tbsp plus 1 tsp white wine
  • 2 tomatoes, peeled and diced
  • 4 tbsp tomato sauce
  • 10 basil
  • 4 slices Tuscan or other Italian bread, toasted

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lol did u all noticed the door the nobe is missing lol

julieW96878 julieW96878  Posted 22 Jun 2011 9:19 PM

goes well with mussle too....easy to it.

SHARIFAH AISHAHU69499 SHARIFAH AISHAHU69499  Posted 22 Dec 2009 12:34 PM

The first time I followed the recipe and it was so delicious that the next time I used baby squid instead - follow the instructions as above, except that you only add it at the same time as the basil. Also, I used tomato ciabatta and instead of toasting them i just warmed them through - this way they absorb the sauce more thoroughly.

Nigel Mort Nigel Mort  Posted 29 Jul 2009 9:23 AM

killing ANYTHING with the notion of making it in to food is ok and it is only a fool who thinks they'd rather starve than eat certain foods - if the need arose you would eat your own poo! trust this as a fact, it's been shown!

TE62861 TE62861 Posted 06 Jun 2009 7:25 PM


MORTY2 MORTY2 Posted 02 Jul 2008 7:49 PM

Killing Octopus is evil.!
and sick

TJ25 TJ25 Posted 24 Jun 2008 10:14 AM