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Cuttlefish Pasta
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Greek Cuttlefish Stew With Macaroni

A flavorful, old-fashioned Greek Cuttlefish Stew as it is made in the Greek islands. Made with small macaroni pasta, cooked in ink and tomato paste.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: Dinner, pasta, seafood, stew
Servings: 4
Calories: 808kcal


  • 1500 grams / 3lb + 5 oz fresh cuttlefish (or 1000 grams / 2lb + 3 oz frozen and cleaned)
  • 1 tablespoon ink
  • cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 small onion
  • 300 grams / 10.6 oz small macaroni pasta


  • If using fresh cuttlefish clean and prepare as shown in the text above.
  • Cut cuttlefish into bite-sized pieces.
  • Add the cuttlefish along with the olive oil, tomato paste, ink, onion, and 5 cups of water in a cooking pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer partly covered for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Or until the cuttlefish is cooked and tender. Take a piece of cuttlefish and try to slice it with the side of a fork. If it cuts easily then it's cooked if it still looks a bit hard and rubbery then simmer a bit longer.
  • Add 6 more cups of water and bring the heat up, to bring to a boil. Then add the macaroni. Reduce heat to medium-low again and cook for 20-30 minutes more until the macaroni is cooked. Make sure you keep an eye on and stir occasionally from the time you add the macaroni in the pot. It tends to absorb a lot of water and will stick to the bottom very easily. If it looks like it needs a bit more water then don't be afraid to add some it will absorb it easily.
  • Once the macaroni is cooked, remove from heat and serve. In Greece, we serve this with some feta cheese but you can go ahead and serve it with any type of hard cheese you like. Like Gruyere, Parmesan, or Romano cheese.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 808kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 71g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 420mg | Sodium: 1432mg | Potassium: 1561mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1467IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 357mg | Iron: 24mg