I asked my kitty, Coney, what I should make for dinner tonight. He suggested tuna. Can you believe it? So, I took to the internet to find something good using tuna. Then I remembered that Claudia got me in the mood for anchovies with her 300 minute egg post yesterday, so I settled on Pasta Puttanesca. Let me tell you... this really hit the spot. If you like anchovies and tuna, you MUST make this pasta. Other than the fact that it's extremely easy to make, it is so full of flavor, you'll literally have to stop yourself from eating the whole pot. Can you tell I was happy with this one? haha...
I got this recipe from Rachel Ray at the Food Network and the only thing I added to it was the tuna and I highly recommend adding it because it really rounds off this dish.
So, I printed the recipe, went into the kitchen, and saw two kitties waiting for me sitting beside their little silver bowls. You think I'm making this up, right? Nah. I'm not. I firmly believe that my cat understands some words and "tuna" is definitely one of them. I asked him if he wanted some tuna and he started singing his "gimme some tuna" song. It's hilarious. So, instead of just opening one can of tuna to make this recipe, I opened two. Because I'm a good mommy. :-) (No, I don't have kids... just cats. Yes, I'm THAT girl.)
Ok, so let me show you how I made this pasta already, kay?
Start by heating some olive oil over medium heat and adding your garlic, anchovy fillets, and red pepper flakes.
As you can see, the anchovies literally melt into the olive oil, flavoring it with a nutty, smoky flavor.
Next, add the olives, capers, tomatoes, tuna and parsley and season it with some black pepper. Simmer for about 6 minutes or so, until the tomatoes are tender. Then just add the cooked pasta and toss.
Heat the pasta through for about 2 minutes, then plate it up!
Top it with some fresh grated Parmesan cheese and pair it with a nice piece of crusty bread. Perfect. This was an easy and quick meal that tastes like you spent hours on it. Trust me.