A taste of San Juan Bautista
Tuna Kale Sandwich

Tuna and roasted pepper spaghetti

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This recipe came about on a cold evening when we needed a quick dinner. Looking around the kitchen we found some odds and ends in the cupboard and refrigerator and created a new staple for busy weeknight cooking.

Ingredients

1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp olive oil

2 large garlic cloves

2 roasted red bell peppers

1 cup fresh peas (or thawed frozen)

2 5 oz. cans tuna

1 tsp. red pepper flakes (or to taste)

2 Tbsp lemon juice (about 1 lemon)

1 Tbsp capers, drained

Salt

Pepper

8 oz. spaghetti

Grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

Start heating a large pot of salted water for the spaghetti, following the package’s direction.

While the water heats to a boil, prepare the sauce:

Finely mince the garlic or use a garlic press. Chop the bell pepper into 1/4-inch dice. Shell the fresh peas. If using frozen peas, be sure they are thawed.

Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. When the oil is shimmering add the garlic and sauté for about one minute until fragrant. Add the bell pepper and peas. Sauté until it the vegetables are warm and tender.

At this point the water should be boiling. Add the spaghetti to the water to cook. For traditional spaghetti, do not break the pasta in half. Keep an eye on it so it does not overcook.

Turn the heat under the skillet down to medium low. Add the tuna and 1/4 cup of olive oil to the garlic and red bell pepper. When the tuna is warm add the red pepper flakes, capers and lemon juice. Stir to mix evenly.

When the pasta is almost done, remove from the pot with tongs or a slotted spoon and add to the tuna and sauce in the skillet. The pasta will finish cooking in the sauce. If the sauce is too dry, add some pasta water from the pot, 1/4-cup at a time.

When the pasta is al denté (cooked to the tooth), place in a large serving bowl and set on the dining table. You can also serve it on individual plates or in bowls with a garnish of parsley or a sprig of rosemary. Garnish with the grated Parmesan cheese.

Serving suggestions: Add green salad and garlic bread for a comfort food meal.

© Bob Mack/Luvs Good Food

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