You can make this Easy Tuna Pasta and Vegetables if you have a tin of tuna in your pantry and a box of pasta. During the six weeks of Lent, like many Filipinos, I search for more meatless recipes to cook at this time. My family enjoys fish and seafood all year round. So, I need to find creative ways to combine it with different ingredients.
While shopping at the Asian Filipino grocery, I found several Philippine canned tuna products. This particular variety had flavors of calamansi – the Filipino lime. The familiar, piercingly-sweet citrus taste is a family favorite and I knew would be appealing no matter how I prepared the canned tuna in any dish. If you don’t have this canned tuna variety with calamansi, use regular canned tuna in oil and simply sprinkle lemon juice while cooking.
Most canned tuna in supermarkets are of these varieties: albacore, skip jack or yellow fin. I usually prepare tuna in sandwiches with mayonnaise. This time, I had a box of pasta fettuccine sitting on my pantry shelf, so I said why not?
This was so easy to prepare. The dish takes minutes to make, including opening the can and boiling the pasta. The results were superb. Salty and citrus tuna flakes coated the languid fettuccine pasta noodles, with a smattering of leafy baby spinach and juicy tomatoes to liven up the dish. This is the kind of meal you’d enjoy way beyond Lent and Fish Fridays. Twirl the forks around the pasta right now and you’ll wonder why you didn’t cook this sooner.
Easy Tuna Pasta with Vegetables
- 8 ounces fettuccine pasta
- 1 teaspoon salt for boiling pasta
- 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons butter unsalted
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 pieces shallots halved, sliced
- 1 can (6.4 oz/180 g) Century Tuna Flakes in oil with calamansi drained
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes sliced in halves
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 Tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley for garnish
- Fill a stockpot with water. Add the salt. Over high heat, let the water boil. When water is boiling, cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water and set aside. Drain rest of water and set pasta aside.
- In a large skillet, add the extra virgin olive oil and butter.When oil is hot and butter has melted, saute garlic and shallots for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Add the tuna flakes to the skillet.Pour the lemon juice and soy sauce. Combine ingredients. Cook for 2 minutes.
- Add the cherry tomatoes and mix well.Pour the pasta water and blend.
- Add the cooked pasta with the rest of the ingredients in the skillet.Mix in the spinach and cook for 1 minute. Season with salt and black pepper.
- Sprinkle freshly-grated Parmesan before serving. Garnish with parsley. Serve warm.
- I used fettuccine pasta for this recipe. Feel free to use other types of pasta preferred. Simply follow package directions for cooking time. You can also substitute the spinach with other greens if desired.If you don't have this variety of canned tuna, use any canned regular tuna flakes in oil. Sprinkle juice from 1 lemon at the end of cooking.
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