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I learned to cook this dish from an old study mate. It was the first dish I learned as a student and it became one of my students favourite Pasta al Tonno.
When I left home to go to university I thought I was a pretty ok cook. Not a good cook, but I managed: there were a few dishes I would cook if my parents would let me: macaroni bolognese and chicken Hawaï plus I would help my dad out in the kitchen all the time. For some reason I thought that was pretty high level stuff and cooking any other dish would just come naturally. The big difference was that now that I lived in a student residence, I not only had to do the grocery shopping but also determine the amounts. That turned out to be quite more difficult than expected. Luckily my mararoni bolognese and chicken Hawaï turned out to be recipe exchange material. I cook for you, next time you cook for me. You know how that goes.

So the Pasta al Tonno came into my life in my first year. We had to finish some kind of project and one of the girls in my study group made this dish. I loved it! I had never had pasta with tuna before but I was sure I was going to make more of this stuff. And I did, many times.

This recipe is fairly easy, a student can do it. 😉

All you need is:

  • 2 cans of tuna (on water)
  • 2 red onions
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 320 gr. orichette pasta
  • 75 ml. cooking cream
  • 3 tbsp. capers
  • 1 lemon
  • salt
  • Black pepper

This is how:

Finely chop the onions and grate the garlic. Fry them in a little vegetable oil. Open the cans of tuna and pour the water out. Add the tuna to the onions and garlic. When heated, add the cooking cream and capers. Add salt and freshly grinded black pepper to taste. Then add a little fresh lemon juice. I used about half a lemon, but it depends on the size of the lemon a bit, so do taste to make sure your sauce has the right balance. If you added too much, add a bit more cream.

Boil the pasta al dente. And mix it with the sauce. The good thing about this pasta is that the tuna will go into the orichette shells and turn them into mini pasta wraps. Yum!

(Serves 4)