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Revisited Tuna Pasta

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pasta with tuna revisited

Revisited tuna pasta

Why a revisited version of a solid recipe? Because the daily grind pushes this dish in a dangerous direction. This is but a reanimation of a recipe that risks to fossilize. Tuna pasta should never be a sad solution for a quick lunch. 

We offer no transcendental solutions. The basis remains intact. We offer a lifebuoy to a drowning recipe. A parachute to a crashing dish. 


  • Prep Time 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time 10 Minutes
  • Total Time 20 Minutes
  • Serves 4 People
  • Calories 250 kcal


  • 400 grams of spaghetti
  • 100 grams of canned tuna
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 20 grams of grated bottarga
  • 1 spoon of fish sauce
  • 1 spoon of salted capers
  • Fresh mint
  • Olive oil


  1. Sauté the garlic in olive oil
  2. Remove the garlic when it starts to color
  3. Sauté the finely sliced onion in the same oil
  4. Add minced capers and the fish sauce
  5. Mix the tuna in and stir well
  6. Add the fresh under boiled pasta and a cup of cooking water
  7. Stir till you obtain a creamy consistence
  8. Add chopped mint and sprinkle the dish with bottarga


The revisited recipe uses fish sauce. Many will turn up their nose. And indeed the smell may be a trifle challenging. The umami-effect on the other hand is massive. Specially used with canned tuna. It lifts a run-of-the-mill product to a priory unknown level.Canned tuna comes in many types. And the rule of thumb is that what you get what you pay for. Glass jars tend to be better. They are transparent after all.Most supermarkets now sell bottarga. For this dish you can use the powdered form.The use of white wine is troublesome. The introduced acidity is difficult to counter. So when working with wine, add an extra onion. To restore the equilibrium with natural sweetness.

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