Spaghetti with Tuna and Fresh Tomato Sauce

Food & Wine
Raw tomato sauce with loads of basil can be tossed together in just minutes. Add spaghetti and canned tuna and you have a fine summer meal.


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1 1/2 pounds tomatoes (about 3), cut into approximately 1/2-inch dice
6 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup chopped fresh basil
2 teaspoons balsamic or red-wine vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
3/4 pound spaghetti
Two 6-ounce cans tuna packed in oil, drained


1. In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, oil, garlic, basil, vinegar, salt, and pepper.

2. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the spaghetti until just done, about 12 minutes. Drain and toss the pasta with the tuna and the tomato mixture.

Variations: Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce: Omit the tuna. The marinated tomatoes make a delicious sauce on their own.

Spaghetti with Salmon and Fresh Tomato Sauce: Omit the tuna. Coat 1 pound of skinless salmon fillets with 1 tablespoon cooking oil and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper. Broil the salmon until just barely done, 3 to 5 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillet. Flake the salmon and toss with the pasta.

Spaghetti with Shrimp and Fresh Tomato Sauce: Omit the tuna. Add 1 pound of raw medium shelled shrimp to the spaghetti during the last 1 minute of cooking time.

Wine Recommendation: Look for an acidic and intensely flavored white wine, such as a grassy sauvignon blanc from California, to match the aggressive taste of the tuna.

Created date

June 2004