You may not realize that your local fishmonger even sells octopus if you've never thought to ask, but here's your reason to do just that, especially if you are already a fan of calamari (a.k.a. squid). Octopus does take a while to become tender, but as it boils you can tend to the rest of the meal (potatoes, cabbage, beans, plus a quick "pesto") so everything is ready at the same time.


  • 1 octopus
  • 4 potatoes
  • 200 grams green beans
  • 200 grams cauliflower
  • basil (to taste)
  • parsley (to taste)
  • oil
  • lime
  • salt


  1. Boil the octopus in water for 40 minutes.
  2. Separately, cook the potatoes, cabbage and beans in water with a pinch of salt.
  3. Remove from heat and place together in colander to drain.
  4. For the sauce, place the basil and parsley in a mortar, sprinkle with a little olive oil and lime and crush.
  5. Drizzle the sauce over all and serve.
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