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Renaissance of Tuna Casserole


  • Salt

  • 1 pound fettuccine

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), 3 turns of the pan

  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 2 cans Italian tuna in water or oil (6 ounces each), drained

  • 1/2 cup tender sun-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced, available in small pouches in produce department

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine, a couple of turns of the pan

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, a couple of turns of the pan

  • Black pepper

  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, (a couple of handfuls)

  • Couple handfuls grated Parmigiano Reggiano

  • 1 cup fresh basil, about 20 leaves, shredded


Place pasta water on to boil. Salt water then add pasta and cook to al dente.

While pasta cooks, heat a deep skillet over medium heat with EVOO. Saute garlic and onions until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Add tuna and sun-dried tomatoes and stir to heat through, another 1 to 2 minutes. Add wine and cook it down a minute then add cream and season sauce with salt and pepper. Toss hot pasta and peas with sauce and cheese.

Serve on dinner plates and top with shredded basil.