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    Spaghetti, Tuna and Capers

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    16 mins

    6 mins

    10 mins

    Pietro's Note:

    This is a very simple recipe that will have you asking for more. Very healthy too. There are a few variations. This recipe is used in the regions of Naples and Molise in Italy.

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    1. 1
      Drain oil from tuna and place in a heavy based frypan.
    2. 2
      Add diced onion and saute until soft and clear.
    3. 3
      Meanwhile, in a large pot, boil salted water and cook spaghetti.
    4. 4
      Dice tomatoes and add to pan.
    5. 5
      Stir the mixture over low heat.
    6. 6
      Add salt and peppercorns to taste.
    7. 7
      Add tuna to mixture and stir.
    8. 8
      Drain spaghetti.
    9. 9
      Add capers to mixture.
    10. 10
      Place spaghetti on warm plates.
    11. 11
      Place tuna mixture over top of spaghetti.
    12. 12
      Sprinkle parmesan cheese.
    13. 13
      Garnish with a few basil leaves.
    14. 14
      The secret of success is to work quickly and make sure that the mixture is not overcooked.
    15. 15
      As a variation, olive oil can be substituted with butter.
    16. 16
      Fettucine can be used instead of spaghetti.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 11, 2006


      Easy, fast and delicious. Do I need to say more? And the best: I always have the ingredients at hand. So in case I need something quick, I could go for it. I like the combination of tuna and capers. And the tomatoes are not overhelming. With their sweet falvours they melt all the different flavours. I used Fettucine instead of Spaghetti and they were great. I think one could add more basil to the dish for another fresh herb flavour. Thanks for sharing.

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    • on October 21, 2005


      This was delicious and fast - what more could you want? I left out the onions, cut up a fresh tomato since I had some, threw it in the pan to heat up with the tuna and capers and some Italian seasoning shaken right from the container, threw the cooked spaghetti in that pan, gave it a stir and - DINNER'S SERVED!! I couldn't get over how delicious it was. Must be the olive oil from the tuna melding with the capers ..... yum!!!!!!

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    • on November 29, 2008


      Quick and simple. Make sure to use tuna with olive oil and don't try to sub it with other kind. I substituted capers with green olives cos that's what I prefer. Thanks for sharing.

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    Nutritional Facts for Spaghetti, Tuna and Capers

    Serving Size: 1 (317 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 641.8
    Calories from Fat 55
    Total Fat 6.1 g
    Saturated Fat 1.0 g
    Cholesterol 14.3 mg
    Sodium 196.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 112.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 6.1 g
    Sugars 6.1 g
    Protein 31.9 g

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