Sun-dried tomatoes, tuna and capres pasta. A quick and easy to make dish that can be served as a main meal but also as a salad.
The inspiration for this dish is behind the quarantine situation due to the well-know virus. These days, like everyone, I’m trying to visit the food market as rare as possible. So, I had to rely on my pantry for making the Saturday’s pasta dish.
Within three minutes I found the essentials for my pasta dish. A can of tuna in water, a jar of my grandmother’s homemade sun-dried tomatoes and capers. I have definitely found what I was looking for.
Or so I thought. Something was missing from my final dish. I wanted a crunchy element. And then I remembered that I have some pine nuts in the fridge. A roasted version of them will be perfect. So, ready to go.
Sun-dried tomatoes, tuna and capres pasta
The salt! You need to pay attention to the salt in the recipe. Adding capers to the recipe gives the dish the saltiness it needs. So extra salt should not be added, except in the water in which we will boil the pasta.
As it concerns the rest of the recipe, I think I’m starting to repeat myself, but this Saturday’s spaghetti is also super easy and fail proof. Roast the pine nuts – sauté the sun-dried tomatoes, tuna and capers – add a little water from the boiling spaghetti – add the spaghetti. The end.
Sautéing the ingredients in olive oil is considered necessary, do not skip it. By sautéing the ingredients we will create a sauce. Olive oil will get the flavor and aroma of the ingredients, while adding water from the boiling spaghetti will form the sauce.
If you don’t have capers, or if you don’t like them, you can easily substitute them with olives. Similarly, tuna can be replaced by salmon in water. If you ask me about the sun-dried tomatoes, this is irreplaceable. Especially if it’s my grandmother’s.
Pasta with sun-dried tomatoes, tuna and capers pasta is the ideal pasta for the days of fasting. And when we return to our offices, it is also an ideal solution for a meal for the office.
Sun-dried tomatoes, tuna and capres pasta
- 500 gr pasta
- 2 tbsp pine nuts
- 300 gr tuna, canned in water
- 4 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes
- 2 tsp capres
- olive oil
- freshly ground pepper
- salt (for boiling pasta)
- In a large pot, add 5 liters of water. When the water starts to boil add 2 tbsp salt and after a minute the pasta.
- In a pan, over medium heat, roast the pine nuts for 3-4 minutes. Remove the pine nuts and set aside.
- In the same pan, add 2 tbsp of olive oil and sauté the sun-dried tomatoes, tuna and capers for about 5 minutes. If we want to enhance the flavor of the sun-dried tomatoes, add 1 tbsp from their oil.
- Add boiling water from the pasta (⅓ cup) and stir for 1 minute. The boiling water from pasta will create a creamy sauce.
- One minute before al dente remove the pasta and add them to the pan. Stir well and if necessary add extra boiling water.
- Remove from the fire and sprinkle with freshly ground pepper and fresh herbs, such as mint or basil.
So here it is another recipe for the Saturday pasta column. A pasta dish that only requires 20 minutes to be cooked and you can rely to your pantry. Easy to make, tasteful and fast. I don’t think we need anything else when looking for easy, fast and delicious dishes.
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Wondering what to do with that canned tuna….Thanks for the recipe!
Oh so glad I posted the recipe on time 😊
I made the recipe last night with a couple of changes due to lack of ingredients. Do not tell your grandmother! I used a jar of diced roasted red pepper instead of the sun-dried tomoatoes. I also did not have the capers, so I substituted sliced black olives. OH MY!!! It was so good!! This dish really elevated a can of tuna into an amazing dish. Everyone wanted seconds. Thanks again for the recipe!!!!!
I am so glad you enjoyed it! And much more you used the ingredients you had in your pantry! I won’t tell anything to my grandma, do not worry! 😊