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Tuna, Lemon and Caper Spaghetti – with Parmesan

Posted in Food, and Food & Entertaining

IMG_3194Sundays should be about easy food. Not necessarily fast as in take-outs or convenient as in ready made. But delicious and one pot/dish if possible. I made this at the end of a busy weekend and it served us very generously. With a tiny little bit over for me to snack on at noon the next day.

I am sure I saw this recipe somewhere at some point – but I have evolved it over the years to suit my taste. It is smoky, salty, peppery, fresh and zingy when the lemon whacks it’s way past the capers and zaps your tastebuds. I am not usually a fan of cheese on fish – but it works perfectly here. It really is the ideal 20 minute pot-to-plate meal.

Delectable but unavailable in SA

You’ll need:

  • pasta of your choice – to serve four – I used spaghetti but elbow or bow tie works just as well
  • 2 cans tuna steaks in oil, drained (I used smoked tuna my parents had brought back from London – viva Sainsbury’s. Preferably don’t use tuna in water – it will just taste … watery)
  • 2 tablespoons capers, well drained
  • 2 big glugs fruity, peppery, extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of one lemon – but add to taste
  • zest of one whole lemon
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced/or crushed if you prefer to take it out before serving
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • good handful fresh parsley – broadleaf is best, chopped or if you have good rocket/arugula to hand – wash/dry well and stir through a good handful
  • grated parmesan cheese
  1. Break tuna into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Put garlic, capers, lemon juice and zest, olive oil, salt and pepper into a bowl
  3. Add the tuna and stir to mix, taking care not to mash the capers or the fish
  4. Let stand while you boil your pasta
  5. Drain and put into a serving bowl.
  6. Pour tuna fish mixture over the pasta
  7. Mix in the parsley
  8. Add a touch more oil or lemon if you need to
  9. Sprinkle liberally with parmesan cheese

Serve with a glass of something delicious – a white is good in the summer. We had a great Saffrican merlot instead, because a cold front had blown in. Lovely.

(Note: Image of tuna courtesy John West, but this post was not sponsored by them. Somewhat messy food image copyright campari&sofa)

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  1. Given that I absolutely love, love, love the tomato sauce you featured a couple of weeks ago, I am definitely going to try this dish out too. Just hope we`ve got tuna in oil here in Ireland. The hunt is on!

    October 20, 2013
    • Sainsbury’s baby … get them to deliver!

      October 23, 2013
    • Thanks Oleanderia – we will be by!

      October 23, 2013
  2. ha – a sofa house staple and one I have much enjoyed over the years

    October 17, 2013
  3. not a fan of tuna in water, does not taste of anything. Have never tried the smokey one…. will look out for it…

    October 17, 2013

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