Peas and tuna pasta

This dish came to me one day when I forgot to defrost meat the night before, this dish is made from ingredients in my pantry, its quick, easy and delicious. The tuna I decided to use is chunky light tuna in water but you can substitute it for your tuna of preference, same with the pasta I chose Penne but you can change that if you don’t have that available. I make this dish all the time when I’m in a rush or I forgot to do groceries. It’s a 10 minute dish that will leave you wanting more.

Feeds 2 to 4 people

  • 1/2 lbs. of pasta
  • 2 cans of tuna
  • 1/2 of a small red onion
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of chili flakes
  • 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/2 a cup of frozen peas
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of pasta water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh parsley

We are going to start by putting our pasta water to boil, salt the water. Once the water is boiling add the pasta, if you are using long pasta like linguine or spaghetti, do not break it in half, add the pasta and give it a stir this will prevent it from sticking together.

Grab the half of the onion and start dicing, when that’s done, heat large pan to medium heat and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, once hot add the onions and a pinch of salt and let them cook for about 2 minutes. Then add the garlic and the tuna, now add another pinch of salt, the chili flakes, oregano, pepper and paprika. Let it cook for a bout a minute and add one half of the lime juice.

When the pasta is done, save 1/2 of a cup of that pasta water and add it to the pan, let the water reduce. Now add the pasta to the pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the butter. once the butter has melted add the frozen peas and stir. turn off heat and add the other half of the lime juice and chopped fresh parsley and enjoy!

*Notes for perfect pasta*

  1. Do not add oil to your pasta water this will prevent any sauce from sticking to the pasta and will not have the texture it should. To prevent pasta from sticking just make sure your water is boiling hot and just keep stirring.

2. Also do not break your pasta in half, pasta is meant to wrap around your fork, breaking it doesn’t make it easier to cook but it makes it harder to eat.

3. Do not rinse your pasta, after draining the pasta water, do not rinse the noodles! the water will cool the noodles and will wash away the starch. Starch is what helps the sauce stick to the pasta so if you rinse your noodles and add oil to the water your sauce is never going to stick.

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