Italian noodle / pasta

Spicy Tuna-Garlic Spaghetti

Wednesday, December 17, 2014Enz F

Whenever days are sluggish and you just want to spend most of your time sitting back and relaxing after the toxic holiday season, this Spicy Tuna-Garlic Spaghetti is one of the dishes that should never slip out of the hand. It is so easy that even a beginner could prepare it without a fuss. No fancy ingredients and no tedious preparation needed, aside probably for some tomato slicing. Other than that, you are good to go. All you need to do is sneak into your cupboard and grab any unused ingredients just left sitting. This is a perfect time too to clean up the fridge as you head for a brand new start in 2015. You will get amazed by how any leftover pasta from the previous Noche Buena (Christmas Eve dinner) or Media Noche (New Year’s Eve) could still make wonders. This is very handy especially if you have unexpected guests coming in between and after.

Feeling sluggish to prepare a dish today?
At home, it has been a practice that whenever we prepare and serve spaghetti or carbonara, we do not mix up the sauce and pasta all at once in the huge platter. This means that we had the option to take small servings of pasta and douse it with as much amount of sauce as we want which we would end up with enormous amount of “sauce-less” pasta that would either be fed to the dog or go directly to the bin. What I would usually do with situations like this is keep the pasta in an airtight food box and store it inside the fridge. This could last for a good couple of days. When everyone’s saturation for spaghetti has already subsided, I would reincarnate the old but still good pasta. I would dress the pasta with whatever sauce I have reinvented out of any unused ingredients that I have found and then serve it with a new name. Everyone would love the new dish and they would not even bother about the makeover pasta. If you have leftover breads, you could also make use of them for your garlic toasts to go with the pasta. Just be mindful that we are not simply talking about leftovers here. Make sure too that everything is still "eatable" and appropriate for human consumption.

Your leftovers can still make wonders!
Spicy Tuna-Garlic Spaghetti
Number of Servings: 5

  • 2 lbs. spaghetti pasta
  • 14.1 oz. (400 g) canned tuna flakes in oil
  • 2 pcs. calamansi lime
  • 8-10 pcs. medium-sized tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 head garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. (or more) dried chili flakes
  • salt and ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsps. olive oil
  • 1 bunch parsley, minced

  1. Cook the spaghetti according to package instructions. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta cooking water. Using a huge colander, drain the spaghetti 5 minutes before the al dente stage. Rinse with cold water and set aside. Leftover pasta could also be used.
  2. In a large bowl, toss in the tuna flakes (including the oil) and calamansi juice. Set aside until needed.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and sauté the garlic over medium heat until lightly toasted.
  4. Add tomatoes and cook until soft and juicy. Add in the tuna flakes and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the dried chili flakes. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Toss in the pasta and gradually pour the pasta cooking water as needed. Simmer over high heat, continuously tossing until the sauce is absorbed by the pasta. Watch out not to overcook the pasta and not to burn the bottom of the pan.
  6. Transfer in a serving platter and garnish with parsley. Serve while still warm. Enjoy!

  1. Boost your greens by adding vegetables like broccoli or rapini.
  2. Serve with bread or garlic toast.
  3. You can also try Tuna Linguine Pasta.

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