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Bow-tie Pasta With Tuna

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Bring 8 cups of water to boil in a medium-sized pot. Add 2 tablespoons of salt, then the pasta. Cook to al dente per package instructions.
  2. While pasta is cooking, bring a medium-sized skillet to temperature on medium-high heat and add butter. When butter is melted and begins to bubble, add onions, celery and garlic and cook until tender.
  3. Add capers, sun-dried tomatoes and chili flakes and sauté for 2 minutes. Add tuna followed by tomatoes tossing in the pan until tomatoes are just tender.
  4. Strain cooked pasta and place into a medium-sized bowl. Pour sauce over pasta and add lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add parsley, toss and serve.
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Sautéed onion, celery and garlic tossed with capers, sun-dried tomatoes, tuna, bow-tie pasta, lemon and parsley…

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Bow-tie Pasta With Tuna

Ready in under 30 minutes, this BOW-TIE PASTA WITH TUNA is about as easy and tasty as it gets!

I’ve always maintained that preparing delicious food need not be a complicated affair and this recipe for BOW-TIE PASTA WITH TUNA proves it. The ingredients are readily available and prepared in the simplest way, but produce such a fresh taste. It’s that combination of flavours that make this dish so darn good.

Here are a few tips on making it:

Bow-tie pasta

Although I’m using bow-tie pasta for this post, feel free to substitute penne, fusilli, shells or macaroni. Regardless of the shape, the sauce loves to stick to the pasta. Gluten-free pasta also works, so long as you don’t overcook it. In the video for this recipe, I suggest a cook time of 12 minutes – yours may cook faster, so check the instructions on the package.

Ingredients for Bow-tie Pasta With Tuna

What’s not to love about a recipe that puts a readily available can of tuna to good use? I always have a can or two in the cupboard. Of course, you can grill some fresh tuna steaks, but it seems a bit extravagant, not to mention costly.

Tuna, tomatoes, onion, celery and capers sautéed in a large skillet

Chopping up the tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, onion and capers is easy to do, and they contribute greatly to the zippy flavour of this pasta dish. I’ve also swapped cherry tomatoes in for their larger cousins, CELEBRITY, and both work great. I love the way these flavours work so well with the tuna and pasta.

All of the ingredients for the pasta dish in a large bowl, ready to  be tossed

My thought on the finishing touches goes to balance and freshness; the squeeze of lemon juice gets our tastebuds jumping while the chopped parsley adds a fresh finish. Feel free to add more lemon juice to boost the flavours.

Bow-tie Pasta With Tuna

If you’re here because you needed a really quick meal idea, you’ll love this and some of our other quick meal ideas. Try our SWEET & SPICY ASIAN SALMON or our oft-requested LAYERED SPINACH SALAD. Another surefire hit? Try these OLD-SCHOOL SLOPPY JOES

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Bow-tie Pasta With Tuna

Ingredients

  • 3 cups dried bow-tie pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ white onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon capers, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes
  • 6 tomatoes, roughly chopped, about 2 cups
  • 1 can (179 g) of tuna, drained
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • juice of half a lemon
  • ¼ cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped

Directions

  1. Bring 8 cups of water to boil in a medium-sized pot. Add 2 tablespoons of salt, then the pasta. Cook to al dente per package instructions.
  2. While pasta is cooking, bring a medium-sized skillet to temperature on medium-high heat and add butter. When butter is melted and begins to bubble, add onions, celery and garlic and cook until tender.
  3. Add capers, sun-dried tomatoes and chili flakes and sauté for 2 minutes. Add tuna followed by tomatoes tossing in the pan until tomatoes are just tender.
  4. Strain cooked pasta and place into a medium-sized bowl. Pour sauce over pasta and add lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add parsley, toss and serve.

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