Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Favorite Tuna Pasta

Tonight we had my favorite tuna pasta for dinner. Officially called "Spaghetti with Spicy White Tuna Sauce." This is easy, fast and really can be made VERY cheaply (or more expansively if you like)

1 7-oz can tuna-I've used fancy Italian tuna in oil that was $9 and canned albacore that was $1.50. Tonight we used my aunt's own canned tuna from the pacific northwest so it was free.
Olive Oil
1-2TBSP Butter
1/3 Cup minced onion
3 Anchovy fillets (we omitted tonight because we didn't have any, it was still good)
2 garlic cloves
Chopped red chili pepper or hot pepper flakes to taste
1/2 cup dry white wine
2Tbsp fresh parsley (or 2 tsp dry)
1TBSP Butter
1 lb spaghetti

Drain tuna and chop fine.

Heat oil and butter. (The original recipe calls for 1/3 cup of oil. We use a lot less but let me tell you, it is AWESOME with 1/3 cup oil. )Add onions and cook until golden (4-5 min). Add anchovies and garlic, stir for 1 min. Add tuna and stir well. Add wine and cook until almost reduced. Add parsley and season with salt and chili pepper. Stir butter into sauce and turn off heat.

Cook pasta and reserve 1/2 C cooking water. Add it to the sauce and turn heat to medium. Drain pasta. Add sauce and toss well.

I serve this with grated cheese although real Italian cooks will tell you not to serve grated cheese with fish.

This is so so so good. I swear you can't taste the anchovy at all. Tonight we added capers because we had them. This is cheap and almost any day of the week we have the stuff in the house to make this pasta.


The Fine Art of Motherhood said...

This sounds good -- I'll have to try it! I still make your husband's tilapia recipe about every other week -- it's one of our favorites!!

Christine said...

Oh, I should post that one! That one is so easy and actually pretty economical too!

Unknown said...

Sounds great. We make a red sauce version, but I am betting I'll love the white sauce version too. Now to find a decent healthy pasta alternative ... :P

Jenn @ Frugal Upstate said...

Thanks so much for linking to this for the "Frugal Food Series: Tuna". It sound delicious! I always seem to associate tuna recipes with a cream sauce (like in creamed tuna or tuna casserole) so this would be a very different variation. I may just have to put it on next weeks menu. . .

Christine said...

Oh let me know if you try it! This is really really delicious and really easy too!

Great job with the Frugal food series!