Monday, February 10, 2014

Sweet and Spicy Tuna Pasta

This is another recipe the hubby said was "okay", and then he ate it all between dinner that night and his lunch the next day.  I loved this recipe mainly because I made it in less than 30 minutes including cooking the pasta, and I loved the contrast of the spiciness of the pepper flakes and the sweetness of the tarragon.  If you have never tried tarragon, it has a sweet slight licorice taste.

Sweet and Spicy Tuna Pasta
{Sweet and Spicy Tuna Pasta}

{Playing with ingredients for pictures, and trying to quiet my guilt for eating pasta by eating veggie pasta (hence the colors)}

add pasta to tuna
{Add cooked pasta and Parmesan cheese to tuna}

Sweet and Spicy Tuna Pasta
{Sweet and Spicy Tuna Pasta before additional cheese love}

Sweet and Spicy Tuna Pasta
adapted from allrecipes

Makes 4 servings

10 oz tuna packed in olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons dried tarragon
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2-6 oz cans tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup chicken broth
2/3 cup Parmesan cheese
Pasta, cooked
Parmesan cheese, optional for garnish
  1. Place tuna in a hot skillet and cook until oil sizzles.
  2. Add garlic, oregano, pepper flakes, tarragon, and black pepper.  Cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add tomato paste, Worcestershire, water, and broth.
  4. Cook for 10 minutes or until heated through.
  5. Add Parmesan cheese and stir until melted.
  6. Add pasta and stir to combine.
  7. Add salt to taste.
  8. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese on top.
Have you ever tried tarragon before?  I never did until I was in culinary school.  I'd love to hear if you have!

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