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Creamy Sicilian Ziti with Tuna, Capers and Green Olives

Creamy Sicilian Ziti with Tuna, Capers and Green Olives


  • About 4 tablespoons

    – Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • 12 ounces (drained weight) Italian tuna, drained and coarsely flaked

  • 4 large cloves garlic, crushed and chopped

  • 1/2 cup dry vermouth or dry white wine

  • 1 cup cream

  • 3 tablespoons Italian capers in brine, drained and finely chopped

  • 1 cup loosely packed and pitted Sicilian green olives, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped

  • A small handful flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1 pound ziti rigate or tortiglioni


Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with EVOO, 4 turns of the pan. Add tuna and garlic, and stir 2-3 minutes. Add dry vermouth or wine and let it evaporate into the fish. Add cream and reduce heat a bit. Stir in capers and olives, and simmer 10 minutes.

Cook pasta in generously salted water to al dente, reserve a cup of starchy cooking liquid just before draining.

Add thyme and parsley to sauce and toss pasta with starchy water to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.