Seafood

Villa Avilla Tuna Pasta

February 23, 2019
Author Notes

A neighbor of mine in Rome gave me this recipe after we had spent an afternoon talking and drinking coffee. I realized how late it was and I needed to make dinner quickly. Having grown up with tuna always cover in mayo or some creamy sauce it was refreshing to have it in it's purer form. It's also fast easy (sauce and pasta cook about the same time) and my family really loved it —Barbra Fite

  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 15 minutes
  • Serves 6
Ingredients
  • 2 can of oil packed tuna
  • 1 medium onion chopped finely
  • 16 ounces pasta of choice
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes (or more)
  • 2 mashed anchovy fillets (optional)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions for al dente.
  2. In a small saucepan heat, the oil over medium-high heat then add onion and pepper flakes. Cook until onion softens, 4-5 min.
  3. Add drained tuna and anchovy if using to onions. Stir well and leave on low heat until pasta is done,
  4. Drain pasta reserving 1 cup of the cooking water. Put pasta in the serving bowl pour over warmed tuna sauce. Stir to combine add some pasta water if it seems dry.
  5. Sprinkle top with parsley. Can be served as is or with toasted bread crumb or parmesan cheese. A squeeze of lemon is also very nice.

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