Friday, February 26, 2010

Summer Spaghetti w/ Tuna & Tomato Sauce

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This is the perfect pantry meal in the summer months when I have so much basil I don't know what to do with it all, and the cherry tomatoes are sweet and falling off the vine.

It's also a great summer dinner because you don't have to heat up the kitchen, except to cook the pasta.

Well, none of the above applies to this week, when we are in the midst of another winter storm and there is still over a foot of snow on the ground (no tomatoes or basil in sight for quite a while).

However, I found some basil and cherry tomatoes from Mexico (where else are they coming from???), and had 2 nice cans of Bonita del Norte, my favorite Spanish tuna in the cupboard.

Think summer, it will be here soon.

Summer Spaghetti w/ Tuna & Tomato Sauce:

1 lb. cherry tomatoes, quartered
2 cans of Italian or Spanish tuna in oil, drained
2 tbsp drained capers
2 small garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup of good extra virgin olive oil (I use my special Sicilian olive oil for this one)
4 anchovies, minced
1 cup of basil leaves, sliced in a chiffonade

1 lb. spaghetti

Gently mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and let sit on the counter at least an hour at room temperature. The longer it sits, the better it is.

Boil water and cook pasta as per directions.
Drain and toss the warm pasta with the tuna tomato mixture.

Garnish with fresh basil leaves.

This is delicious!


Linda said...

HI!! Oh my goodness, who knew Hen was such a talented sculptor!!! and the dinner looks yummy too!!
Love ya guys

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Love Henry's creativity and yours - that pasta looks great. i make a similar one but without the tomatoes. I think I'll add them next time I make it.

Proud Italian Cook said...

It's crazy snowing out there, at least your having fun with it, besides it gives you a good excuse to stay inside and cook yummy things like this! Love those plates!

Anonymous said...

Henry, I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love you both.
Yummy dish, by the way.

The Japanese Redneck said...

To be honest Stacey, I didn't know you could do as much with canned tuna. It does look good.

kat said...

Sometimes you just crave those summer flavors in winter don't you? Matt had me make hotdogs & potato salad the other day!

Anonymous said...

Soup? Whatever. WOW, this looks good. Printing out recipe for the future. I admire how what you have in the cupboard, combined with some Mexican contraband produce, produces a meal!

George Gaston said...

Stacey, this looks like the perfect meal to warm the soul after being out creating Frosty the Snowman. All he needs is a ukulele, while he sings along with Don Ho singing Tiny Bubbles.

That annoying song always makes me think warm summer thoughts and so would your delicious pasta dish.

Pam said...

Wow - it does look delicious! I might just have to make it this weekend.

Bob said...

Awesome. I've been wanting more things to make with tuna. Tuna salad is awesome, but it gets old.

StaceyEsq said...

Nice boobs on the snowwoman! And this recipe looks fabulous!

Jen_from_NJ said...

I love that snowwoman and I love that summer pasta!

citronetvanille said...

Funny how my grandma used to make spaghetti all'tonno...we loved it when I was a child, then I completely forgot about those until I saw your post! They are absolutely delicious!

Anonymous said...

Yum! I am making something like this tonight that I saw on Lidia's... only with ziti and a can of San Marzano tomatoes. Instead of capers it has big green olives. After seeing your version, I might have to try it out next. Looks great.

Lori Lynn said...

And the plate is awesome too.