The recipe says to remove and set aside a cup of the pasta water then drain the water from the pasta. Why set the cup if pasta water aside? It never says to use it in the sauce which I guess would water the sauce down and it would need further cooking to thicken it back up. I think it would overcook at this point? I’m going to use left over chicken instead of canned tuna.
Hi Terry, sometimes when you make a pasta dish the pasta ends up being a bit dry because it keeps absorbing liquid as it comes into contact with the sauce. If the pasta seems a bit dry, that’s when you add back in some of the pasta cooking water. I’ve added that note to the recipe, thanks!
Oh this is one of our go-to favorites! We usually use halved cherry tomatoes though. So good…and so easy! Perfect weeknight meal. May have to make it tonight!
I wasn’t sure if I’d like this recipe or not. I’ve never had tuna with tomato sauce and pasta together. I was curious , so I gave it a try. It turned ou to be a really easy, tasty midweek meal with plenty of leftovers for lunch the next few days. I used fire roasted crushed tomatoes, cilantro instead of parsley and I doubled the amount of olives because I love kalamata olives. I will definetly make this again when I am craving a tomato and pasta meal. The tuna is a great addition.
I’m so glad you liked it Prema!
Thinking of adding artichokes…..Thoughts? Let me know in the next 20 if you see this, please.
If you wanted to use fresh tuna, woudl you just pan cook the tuna and then use a fork to flake it? I’m just not a huge fan of canned tuna.
What a new take on tuna casserole. Tuna casserole has always been a family favorite. So I will have to spring it on my family and see what they think. I suspect it will be a positive response.
Another way to use the same conchiglie (seashell) pasta is with shrimp, tomato, olives and feta.
Make the “dressing” from diced canned tomatoes (drain the liquid from the tomatoes), pitted kalamata olives, olive oil, oregano, garlic, and salt and pepper. Let stand 1 hour.
Cook pasta. Thaw the shrimp in cold water, pat dry then cook (seared two minutes per side in olive oil). Time it so the pasta and shrimp are done at the same time. Drain pasta and toss piping hot with dressing and shrimp. Immediately add crumbled feta. Toss gently for a few moments so feta melts a bit.
You don’t need to be an experienced cook to put together something like this simple pasta recipe. I’ve made pasta salads all my life and never use a recipe, however, I do look at recipes to get ideas for different ingredient combinations for new flavors.
One of my favorite things to do is browse the deli-counters of fancier grocery stores and memorize the ingredients then purchase the “raw” ingredients. Sometimes they let you sample one or two salads so you can get an idea of what type dressing is used. Trader Jo’s actually has sample salads made up from packaged and other ingredients available for you to go home and make–saves an expensive deli price plus you can add your own ideas–feta always perks up any pasta salad.
Having the basic ingredients, like whole wheat pasta in different sizes and shapes, canned olives, peppers, garbanzos, dried/fresh herbs, etc. on hand all the time so you always have a quick meal.
This recipe is a lovely improvement over my Mother’s Friday night tuna sauce which she prepared only with minced garlic, olive oil and clove (not very much.) I can’t wait to try this one.
Or, you can leave out the tomatoes and olives, use linguini instead of shells, and toss the pasta with the tuna sauce, two tablespoons of capers, and the juice and chopped zest of a lemon. If you’re in a hurry, you don’t even have to cook the tuna and chopped shallots — just toss it all together with the linguini.
This looks great. Any idea if it reheats well?
This is great reheated, I would add a little water or olive oil to keep it moist.
This is so great and LOVE that it takes less than 30 minutes. The perfect light summer meal for the family:)
Yes, I sometimes get it in my head that the more complex the recipe, the greater the value added, but sometime less in more, right!
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