Sunday, February 27, 2011

Gemelli with Tuna and Sun-dried tomatoes

Surprisingly good. Very quick and easy. A tablespoon or so of dried parsley/basil works just fine. You want something to help absorb all the tasty sauce.

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 (6-ounce) cans Italian tuna in olive oil, drained
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, coarsely chopped
Coarse salt and black pepper
1 pound gemelli pasta, cooked
1/3 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
20ish fresh basil leaves, shredded

Heat a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Add extra-virgin olive oil and garlic to the pan. When garlic sizzles, add tuna and mash into oil with the back of a wooden spoon. Turn the heat off, and let the tuna sit in the oil 5 minutes to infuse the fish flavor into the extra-virgin olive oil and to give the tuna time to break down -- it will almost melt into the extra-virgin olive oil. Add the coarsely chopped tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Heat the tomatoes through, 2 minutes, then add hot, drained pasta. Add parsley to the tuna and pasta and toss to combine well and evenly coat pasta. Adjust seasonings. Top pasta with shredded basil and serve.

--Adapted from Rachel Ray

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