This is the second pasta sauce I learned cooking when I moved to Italy more than a decade ago. The first being the simple & basic tomato sauce.
I found this recipe in one of my mother-in-law's old recipe books. I think it dated back from the 70's or 80's because the photos of the food look like they were taken from that period. You know, those dull, uninspiring food photography typical of that time. Thank God we have better technology now!
Everyone who has tried this pasta only had one thing to say. Delicious!
Pasta With Tuna, Capers & Tomato Sauce
- 1 can of 425 g. tomatoes (any kind will do)
- 240 g. canned or bottled tuna in olive oil, drained
- handful of parsley, chopped finely
- 20 g. capers soaked in vinegar
- 1 clove garlic, crushed or halved
- extra virgin olive oil
- salt & pepper
- 400 g. pasta, any kind
- 1 cup water
- Drain the tuna. Transfer to a small bowl or plate. Crush with a fork. Set aside.
- Drain the capers. To take away a little bit of the acidity of the vinegar, take a handful & let the tap water pass through them for a few seconds. Then squeeze the capers with your hands. Set aside.
- In a saucepan, saute' garlic. When it turns golden, add tuna. Toast tuna for about 10 minutes, moving constantly to avoid burning.
- Add canned tomatoes. When you empty the can, fill it up with a cup of water. Swirl the water inside the can to get the remaining tomato sauce. Add to the saucepan. Cook on low-medium fire for about 20 minutes or until it's not watery anymore. Add capers & half of the parsley. Season with salt & pepper
- Meantime, while waiting for the sauce to cook, boil water in a pot for the pasta. When it boils, add salt then toss in the pasta. Cook according to the number of minutes suggested in the package or until al dente.
- Mix sauce with pasta in the saucepan. Mix well. Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.