I happen to love tuna. Now, I know not everyone is a tuna lover, but me? I could eat it every day.
However, the same old tuna sandwich gets kinda old so in an attempt to be creative and throw a meal together without a recipe (gasp! this is brave ground for me), I made this dish the other night and…it…was…awesome.
The garlic was subtle but essential and the combination of asparagus, tuna and pasta was perfect for a light, spring dinner.
The sauce, not overly saucy by any means, lightly coats the pasta with a delicious garlic taste.
My kids actually ate this really well (albeit a few gags on the asparagus) and have now declared, “Mom, we like tuna, too…just not on bread.” Sigh…I’ll take what I can get.
Saltine Crackers A simple green salad (or for something more fancy this Gourmet Green Salad) Fresh, seasonal fruit
Garlic Tuna Pasta with Asparagus
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 medium cloves garlic , minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (this doesn’t add spice – just a nice enhancement of flavor)
3/4 cup chicken stock or broth
2 (6-ounce) cans solid white tuna in water (2 cans), drained well
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 tablespoon butter, cut into fourths
1 bunch asparagus (or substitute broccoli, peas, etc.), tough ends trimmed and stalks cut into thirds, lightly steamed (I steamed mine for 3-4 minutes until just barely crisp tender)
1 pound penne pasta or other similar tube pasta
Cook pasta according to package directions (or however you like it).
Meanwhile, in a 12-inch non-stick skillet, heat oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes over medium heat, stirring frequently, until fragrant (but not browned!), about 1 to 2 minutes. Add chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Add tuna, slightly breaking up chunks with your fingers, and salt and cook, stirring frequently, until tuna is heated through, about 1 minute.
Toss tuna mixture, parsley, butter, asparagus (or other vegetable), and cooked pasta together in the skillet. Salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.
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