Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Two for Tuna

Pasta with Tuna and Lemon Sauce
One can of tuna and a half of a box of whole grain pasta, a few simple ingredients and you’ve got another quick weeknight meal for two.   These are items you probably have on hand, or are very easy to find (and inexpensive).  

½ lb Whole Grain Thin Spaghetti
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
2 tablespoons bottled Minced Garlic
1 small White Onion, chopped
¼ teaspoon Anchovy Paste
Crushed Red Pepper, to taste (we like it spicy)
2 teaspoons Capers, drained
A splash of Dry White Wine
4 oz. bottled Clam Juice
Ladle of Starchy Cooking Water, from the pasta
1 – 5 oz can Chunk Light Tuna in Water, drained
1 tablespoon, Lemon Juice
2 tablespoons Butter
Freshly ground Black Pepper, to taste
Fresh chopped Dill, to taste
Fresh chopped Parsley, to taste

Cook pasta one minute under package directions.

In a large nonstick skillet, add olive oil, minced garlic, onion, anchovy paste, crushed red pepper and capers.  Sauté for three minutes, until onions are soft. 

Note:   I use bottled minced garlic in this recipe (and many others) because it is less likely to burn as you sauté.  If it’s fresh, it’s good, so don’t be shy about trying it.  It is a great time saver.

Add wine, clam juice and cooking water.  Bring to boil and reduce to simmer; reduce by half.  

Add tuna and lemon juice.  Cook one more minute to warm tuna through.

Add butter, one pat at a time, adding the second before the first is entirely melted. 

Add black pepper.

Plate and chop with dill and parsley.

Pasta with Tuna for One

A Salad as Fresh as Spring

I serve this with a simple arugula salad.  I used the artichoke hearts and hearts of palm and chick peas in this salad.  My dressing -  lemon juice, olive oil, vegetable seasoning and black pepper.  

Dinner is ready in less than 20 minutes!
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