This irresistible tuna pasta, featuring a flavorful tomato sauce, will surely become your top pasta pick. Plus, it's quick and ready in under 30 minutes using penne pasta.
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240 g dry uncooked pasta. I used mezze penne 2 Tablespoons olive oil - 150 g finely sliced red onion 2 cloves fresh garlic ½ teaspoon red chili flakes or as liked ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder or as liked 6 anchovies ideally in olive oil 1 tin tuna in water drained weight 100g/ 3.5 oz 1 Tablespoon tomato paste ½ teaspoon dry parsley 700 g tomato passata ½ teaspoon granulated sugar only needed if the tomato sauce is very acidic Water as needed Salt to taste
To make tuna pasta sauce, cook onions, garlic, and a pinch of salt in olive oil until they're soft. Then, mix in chopped anchovies, tuna, and chili flakes until they blend nicely with the base.
Let the canned tuna change color as you blend it with the sauce. Then, add tomato puree and parsley. Sauté the tuna mix with tomato puree, and if the tomato passata is tart, add a bit of sugar.
At this stage, allow the sauce to simmer away and cook well while you boil the pasta al dente. Then add pasta to the spicy sauce, mix well and serve!
Try this tuna pasta recipe out and you won't be disappointed; it is one of my family's favorites, and it may become yours too!
Add ons: To make this recipe your own feel free to add some more Mediterranean ingredients to the sauce. Kalamata olives, grilled red peppers, as well as fresh herbs such as chives all work wonderfully in this dish. Grated Parmesan Cheese and Lemon Juice: These two ingredients don't really work in this recipe, so I would advise against adding them. Package Instructions: I recommend cooking the pasta al dente following package directions, as you will be simmering it for a few minutes in the tuna sauce as well and overcooked pasta is not as good as perfectly cooked pasta! Pasta Water: When draining the pasta, do not over drain it, as the little cooking water that is trapped in between pasta makes the sauce even creamier when mixing.