Monday, June 21, 2010

If you like tuna...

DSC_0908 might enjoy this pasta dish. Robert can't abide tuna so I only make this when he is working late or traveling!

Rome 2005. Robert is blissfully unaware that I'm about to order a dish with tuna! Note how empty the restaurant is. I made our reservation for 7:30, and when we arrived I was thinking that I was silly for reserving a table and likely foolish for choosing this restaurant. By the time we left, the place was packed, with a long line outside the door. Romans eat late!

Several years ago in Rome I ordered a delicious pasta dish at a funky restaurant called Il Boom in the equally funky Trastevere neighborhood. Shortly thereafter I saw this recipe in the comments section of a blog I was reading and thought it sounded similar to the pasta I'd so enjoyed at Il Boom. I have made it many times since. It is super fast and easy, and Vivian and I think it's wonderful!


Penne with Tuna and Olives

½ box penne pasta, cooked al dente and drained
1 can albacore tuna in oil, undrained
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can sliced black olives, drained (you can use a small or large can - it just depends on how much you like olives)
large pinch of Italian seasoning
Parmesan-Reggiano cheese, grated

Sauté garlic and tuna for a minute or two. Stir in olives and Italian seasoning until heated through. Toss with penne pasta and top with freshly grated Parmesan.


Sara said...

This looks like a great weeknight dinner. Thanks for sharing.

JoAnn said...


for the love of a house said...

Thank you, Thank you!!
I copied this recipe over a week ago, and made it tonight! It was Fabulous! My husband and I were both crazy about it! I love how all the flavors came together. I happened to have fresh parsley on hand, and topped the dish with it- it added a wonderful layer of flavor.
I love how it's things one generally has in the pantry! In fact, tongight I thought I had nothing to make dinner with and then I remmebered your recipe, and it was a very special dish! I'd serve this to guests easily!
Thanks again!