Monday, May 23, 2011

Pasta with Tuna, Basil, and Tomatoes

The thought of tuna and pasta together used to make me want to hurl. This dish is so different! I used to make this all the time years ago and then it just fell out of my rotation. I'm officially bring it back! It is so quick and tasty!! Who would have thought that tuna and pasta would go together??

3/4 lb of pasta (I used farfalle)
2 cans of albacore tuna (drained well)
2 tomatoes (seeded and chopped)
3 Tbs olive oil
a handful of fresh basil minced
2 garlic cloves minced
Red pepper flakes
Salt and Pepper
Parmesan cheese
Reserved Pasta Water

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the tuna and garlic. Cook for approximately five minutes. Add the tomatoes and continue to cook. In the meantime, cook your pasta according to packaged directions. Before draining, reserve about a cup of the cooking water. In the skillet, add the basil, salt and pepper, red pepper flakes. Stir in a bit of the pasta water. Stir it in until it develops a bit of a sauce. Stir in some Parmesan cheese. The pasta water and cheese will create a bit of a creamy consistency. Add the cooked pasta and stir until well combined. Serve!

I know this may sound weird, but it is really very very good!

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