serves 3-4

ACTIVE TIME: 20 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 30 minutes


  • 1 fresh or frozen octopus about 2 pounds (or octopus pieces)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 1 jar marinara sauce
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp oregano 
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 pound macaroni
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • 1 can of coke 



  • Place the octopus in a large pot and heat, add the coke and some water to cover the octopus. Let it simmer for about 20 minutes. The octopus will shrink and curl.
  • Remove the octopus from the pot. Save the octopus water. Cut it into small pieces and set aside.
  • In another pot, sauté the onion until translucent, add the octopus pieces and continue sautéing for a few more minutes. Add the marinara sauce and about 1 1/2 cup water/ or the octopus water. 
  • Add the spices, the sugar, and the bay leaves. 
  • Cover and let it simmer for about 30-40 minutes.
  • Boil the pasta according to the package instructions. 
  • Drain the pasta and put it in the pot with the octopus mixture. Stir until everything is combined.