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The Pasta You Never Knew You Needed

Published September 2, 2021

Canned tuna, take a bow

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Today, we have one of those wonderful from-the-pantry pasta dishes that can be prepared in the time it takes to boil the water and cook the pasta: Pasta al Tonno, or pasta with tuna sauce. Canned tuna is not only acceptable but necessary (the ideal tuna here would be that taken from the tuna’s belly, the fattiest part, and cured, preferably by your Sicilian grandmother, in great olive oil). But most of us (including me) don’t have that, and we’re working with a budget here. Do buy tuna packed in olive oil, though — I really like Wild Planet. What you’re looking for is dark, soft meat that will flake nicely and add its rich flavor to the sauce.