Tuna pasta is always easy. The question is...

By • March 24, 2010 • 4 Comments

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Author Notes: ... whether it tastes good. This is our family's comfort food, which despite some fancy ingredients, has never been rejected by kids in our house. Like most simple recipes, this is about ingredients. Spend the cash on good tuna in oil and quality anchovies and you can't go wrong. Italians wouldn't use parmesan cheese on it. We do and like it. Also a little olive oil and black pepper. Perfect simple weeknight dish. fisheri

Serves 4

  • 1 packet spaghetti or linguine
  • 5 or 6 tomatoes, plum or otherwise, roughly chopped
  • 4 anchovy filets
  • 1 tablespoon salted capers
  • 3 tablespoons good olive oil
  • one jar/can quality tuna in oil
  • parmesan cheese, drizzle of oil and black pepper
  • 2 chopped cloves garlic
  1. boil water, with plenty of salt, for pasta
  2. in three tablespoons of good olive oil over medium heat, add chopped anchovies, capers (with salt shaken off) and chopped garlic. saute until anchovies are dissolved. dont burn garlic.
  3. add tomatoes and let simmer for 15 minutes or so. when sauce starts to thicken, add tuna in bite sized chunks. if it dries out, add a few spoons of pasta water. normally doesnt need more salt, on account of the capers, tuna and anchovies but check anyway.
  4. drain pasta, plenty al dente, and pour sauce over. serve in bowls with cheese, black pepper and the smallest spritz of good olive oil.
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Tags: comfort food, Easy, kid-friendly, weeknight family meal

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19 days ago Renee B

I made this two weeks ago and meant to post feedback. Delicious! My husband said that he would just anchovy paste to hasten the process and to avoid the leftover anchovy filets. Another approach would be make more and invite friends!

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about 4 years ago alessi

hi ian, it's susan under a cook name i'd forgotten i'd used. have you tried the joyce goldstein tuna/pasta recipe? it's fabulous -- you can use fresh or canned italian tuna, lemon zest, capers, parsley and olives...

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over 4 years ago dymnyno

reminds me of our staple Friday night fish dish growing up....tuna and noodles...love it!

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over 4 years ago lastnightsdinner

We do something very similar - a perfect pantry meal!