Bucatini with Tuna, Olives, and Tomatoes

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings 
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1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup canned chopped tomatoes 

Handful fresh basil or fresh parsley, torn 

Pinch of crushed red pepper 

Small handful of pitted, coarsely chopped black olives 

Canned tuna packed in oil 

1/2 pound bucatini (or other pasta) 

Kosher salt 


  1. Heat 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil in a saute pan. Add 1/2 cup of the chopped tomatoes, torn basil, a pinch of crushed red pepper, and a small handful of pitted, coarsely chopped olives to the pan. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until the tomatoes start to break down, then add the tuna, breaking it up.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the linguine in boiling salted water until three-quarters of the way cooked, about 10 minutes. Reserve about a cup of the pasta cooking liquid. Toss the drained pasta with the olives and tomatoes. 
  3. Add a few more pieces chopped fresh basil or parsley. Turn the heat up to medium-high and cook, tossing, until the pasta is al dente. Add some of the pasta cooking liquid to moisten the pasta, if necessary. Divide the pasta among bowls and serve. 

Cook’s Note

Which wine? I like to drink a very approachable white wine from Le Marches with this salty, briny dish. A Verdicchio di Matelica (DOC) would be worth seeking.

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