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Tuna Puttanesca and Penne

Tuna Puttanesca and Penne


  • Salt

  • 1 pound penne

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • Two cans tuna packed in olive oil, lightly drained (6 ounces each)

  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 3 tablespoons capers, drained and chopped

  • A handful of kalamata olives, pitted and chopped

  • One can diced Italian tomatoes (28 ounces)

  • Flat leaf parsley, coarsely chopped (a generous handful)


Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt the water, add the pasta and cook until al dente. While the pasta is working, heat a deep skillet over medium heat with the EVOO, one turn of the pan. Add the tuna, flaking it with a wooden spoon. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for 3-4 minutes. Stir in the capers and olives and heat until warmed through, 1 minute. Stir in the tomatoes and parsley, lower the heat a little and simmer for 5 minutes. Add a ladle of the pasta cooking liquid to the sauce. Drain the pasta, add it to the sauce and toss.