Rabbit in the Pot {Served with Tallarines}


It’s the final countdown (honestly, how awesome is this song?), not for one but for 2 things:

  1. My birthdayyyyyyyy in 2 days! Yeah, I’m THAT type of person…
  2. Holidays in Greece in 10 days! Home sweet home!! Beach sweet beach! Heat wave sweet heat wave! Blue sky, sweet blue sky! Food sweet food! I can go on doing this for a while…

Therefore, today I’m going to post a super-duper delicious dish and next week another one (amazing Greek keftedakia (round fried meatballs) are finally coming!).

And then I’m gonna say goodbye for some time. But I’ll give you a great, envy-inducing update once I’m back! 🙂

Let’s now proceed to this:

I used whole rabbit, already cut in pieces, and started by frying it just until it gets a golden brown color from both sides.

I removed the meat on a plate and sautéed the chopped onions in a pot with some olive oil. Then added the rabbit in the pot and stirred.

I poured the red wine, swirled the pot and let it boil for a minute or two. I continued by adding the tomato sauce and stirred again.

Next, I dropped in the pot a mix of wonderful spices: cinnamon stick, black pepper balls and bahari (allspice in English).

I filled the pot with water, until it, more or less, covers the rabbit. Seasoned with black pepper, salt, cayenne pepper and a pinch of sugar, gave a final stir and brought to boil.

I reduced the heat to medium and let it cook until the sauce thickened and the meat was so soft that it fell from the bones!

Drooling alert:

You can of course serve this with mashed potatoes or fried potatoes or rice. But this time we chose (we = husband) to accompany it with tallarines.

And it was a great choice.

The sauce was perfect with the pasta!

The rabbit had cooked so thoroughly that you could hardly pick it up from the pot without breaking it.

Remember to have bread and cheese (grated or feta) on the table!

Have a nice day!


1 rabbit, cut in pieces

2 large yellow onions

1 cup of good quality red wine

350g tomato sauce (I use canned)

1 cinnamon stick

A few pepper balls

A few bahari (allspice) balls



Pinch of sugar

Pinch of cayenne pepper (or hotter if you want)

Approx. ½ cup extra virgin olive oil


Fry the rabbit pieces just until they are golden brown.

Saute the chopped onions in a pot with some olive oil. Then add the rabbit in and stir. Pour the red wine, swirl the pot and let it boil for a minute or two. Add the tomato sauce and stir again.

Add the spices and fill the pot with water until it covers the rabbit. Season with black pepper, salt, cayenne pepper and a pinch of sugar, give a final stir and bring to boil.

Reduce the heat to medium and let it cook until the sauce thickens and the meat is so soft that it falls from the bones!

Serve with pasta or potatoes or rice. And don’t be ashamed to dip that bread in that sauce.. Really.

14 thoughts on “Rabbit in the Pot {Served with Tallarines}

  1. ΕΛΕΝΑ

    Φοβερό φαγάκι μας μαγείρεψες σήμερα, κουνελάκι μες τα αρώματα γιάμι γιάμι!!!
    Με το καλό να έρθεις στην Ελλάδα και να απολαύσεις τις διακοπούλες σου!
    Φιλιά, καλό μήνα!

    1. Villy Post author

      Ευχαριστώ Ελενα! Ανυπομονώ να γυρίσω Ελλάδα για τις διακοπές μας! Καλό μήνα και σε εσένα!

  2. johnnysenough hepburn

    This is divine! Having said that I’ve never cooked with allspice before. It is possible to get it here. And, hate to admit it but I’ve never cooked rabbit either! Why it’s not popular here in the UK I don’t know.

    1. Villy Post author

      Allspice makes a difference in tomato sauce stews! I only cook rabbit in stew, and turns up really tender and delicious. You need to try at least once, if you like it!

  3. ChgoJohn

    This sonds like a delicious way to prepare rabbit and serving it atop pasta is in my book, the only way to go! I hope you have the happiest of birthdays and a wonderful trip back to Greece!

  4. Eri

    Υπέροχο το κουνελάκι σου Villy, με το καλό στην Ελλάδα και χρονια πολλά για μεθάυριο!

  5. Penelope

    Έπιασες παραδοσικές συνταγές …για να προετοιμάζεις το έδαφος διακοπών στα πάτρια!
    Νόστιμο το κουνελάκι σου Βασιλική μας.
    Με το καλό λοιπόν και στην πατρίδα για διακοπές 🙂
    Καλό μεσημέρι εύχομαι.

    1. Villy Post author

      Ευχαριστώ πολύ! Δεν βλέπω την ώρα για τα φαγητά των μαμάδων μας!

  6. Ερμιόνη

    Θεϊκό φαγητό, υπέροχα μαγειρεμένο και αρωματισμένο!
    Αύριο με καλό λοιπόν και με το καλό να επιστρέψεις στα πάτρια εδάφη!!

    1. Villy Post author

      Ευχαριστώ Ερμιόνη! Τώρα να πω πως ανυπομονώ θα είναι πολύ λίγο!

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