- 1 pound penne pasta
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 cans (about 5.5 to 6 ounces each) Italian tuna in oil or water, drained well
- 6 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- A generous handful black olives (Gaeta, kalamata or oil-cured), pitted and chopped
- 3 tablespoons capers, drained
- 1/3 cup white vermouth or 1/2 cup dry white wine - eyeball it
- 1 (28-ounce) can whole or diced tomatoes (recommended: San Marzano)
- A generous handful fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
- 2 teaspoons lemon zest
- Fresh ground black pepper
- Crusty bread
Place a large pot of water over high heat and bring up to a boil. Salt the water and cook penne to al dente.
Meanwhile, heat a large skillet with 3 turns of the pan extra-virgin olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes, cook a minute or 2, then add tuna and break it up with your spoon. Add olives and capers, cook a minute or 2 more, then add vermouth or white wine; stir and cook down a minute. If using whole tomatoes, place a colander over a bowl, crush up tomatoes with a wooden spoon, then add tomatoes and their juice to pan. Otherwise, stir in diced tomatoes and juice. Add parsley, zest and black pepper, then simmer the sauce a couple of minutes more.
Add a couple of ladles of starchy pasta-cooking water to the sauce. Drain pasta, add to the skillet and toss to coat. Serve with some nice crusty bread.
Recipe courtesy Rachael Ray, 2007
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen