By: Revanche

Recipe Countdown Day 3: Spaghetti with Tuna

June 25, 2009

Spaghetti with Tuna and Tomato Sauce
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* 1 can(s) ((7-ounce)) Italian tuna, packed in olive oil
* 3 clove(s) garlic, finely chopped
* 1 can(s) ((28-ounce)) plum tomatoes
* 1/2 teaspoon(s) crushed red pepper
* 1 pound(s) whole-wheat spaghetti
* 4 tablespoon(s) chopped fresh parsley, divided
* Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


1. Drain tuna in a sieve set over a small bowl, squeezing to press out as much oil as possible (reserve the oil). Break up the tuna with a fork and set aside.
2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the tuna oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add tomatoes with their juice and crushed red pepper; break up the tomatoes with a fork. Simmer over low heat until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes. Stir in tuna and set aside.
3. Meanwhile, cook spaghetti in a large pot of boiling water until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain it and return to the pot. Add the sauce and 3 tablespoons of parsley; toss to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings. Transfer to a serving bowl, sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon parsley and serve immediately.


In the interest of conserving time and money, I’m not even going to try and find Italian tuna. Let’s hope it doesn’t make a significant difference. We do have an Italian deli and specialty store just up the street though …. ergh, we’ll see.

Has anyone had good luck with whole wheat pasta? In the past, it’s just seemed too chewy and kind of a chore to eat. Should I be boiling it a few minutes longer for a more normal version of al dente?


Stupid fee: Contrary to what that first CSR told me, Chase won’t be removing that finance charge after all. Gar. I’m rapidly spending my travel money. Of course I would pull a boneheaded mistake like that on one of my largest balances. It’s a mark of my apathy that I’m not as mad as usual, nor am I going to cut Chase off – it’s been a long time since they last made money off me. At least not until I get my next $50 rewards check, half of which goes to pay back this fee. In the meantime, the next month’s balance has been paid off as well.

Since that money’s spent, though, I’m rethinking getting one of my dresses tailored in time for NY. It’s not strictly necessary for NY, but I can’t wear it until it’s been altered. Debate: do it now after having wasted $25, so I can get more wear out of it? Do it later since it’s not in the budget?

Can’t wear the dress until it’s altered, and the only difference between spending the money now and a month from now is whether or not I get a job. Spending the money now doesn’t affect the job situation unless I wear it on an interview and land the job. 🙂 Then again, it’s cash in hand if I don’t get a job. Ok, I’m waiting.

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