Pasta with Tuna Sauce
A lot of my recipes are inspired by older cookbooks, and then I tweak the recipe to suit my diet and personal taste. If you have an open mind you can discover a lot of new favorites. This one intrigued me. Tuna with tomato sauce? I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it, but we had all the ingredients here at home and that meant I wouldn’t have to schlep to the store. Turns out I LOVE it and have made it a couple of times since I discovered it in January 2022. I used canned tuna the first two times, of course, because I live in Vermont and don’t normally stock fresh tuna. It was delicious anyway, if just a bit salty. As an added bonus, this meal is quick to make. From cutting board, to stove, to table in about a half an hour.
The Stuff You Need:
*Gluten free pasta of your choice, 2 ounces dry Spaghetti or 1/2 cup other pasta per person.
6 ounce filet of fresh Tuna -or- 5 ounce canned Tuna in oil, drained
a few Tablespoons Vegetable oil or My Blue Kitchen Tomato oil
2 Tablespoons diced Red Onion
2 Roma tomatoes, de-seeded and diced
1 clove Garlic
1/4 teaspoon Red Pepper Flake
1 to 2 teaspoon Capers (optional)
Garnish: chopped fresh Parsley and grated Parmesan cheese
How To Do This:
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta until al dente.
- If using fresh Tuna, dice the filet. Heat a pan to med-high, add room-temp oil and then the tuna. Brown and set aside. If using canned Tuna, drain the oil and liquid off very well.
- Sautee the onions until soft, then add the tomato, garlic, and pepper flake. Continue to cook until reduced. If you sauce gets a little too dry, add chicken stock, dry white wine, or pasta water.
- Add Tuna and Capers to the mix. Taste. Add salt only if needed.
- Drain your pasta and plate, spoon sauce over pasta, garnish and serve.
*This is my favorite gluten free pasta brand. It’s relatively easy to find on store shelves, even in Vermont.
This sauce is great on pasta but there are other options. I would try it over quinoa or lentils as well.
This is my favorite gluten free pasta brand. It’s relatively easy to find on store shelves, even in Vermont.
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