Use the widest frying pan you have for sauteing. I use my 12-inch cast iron skillet. If your pan is smaller, plan on pouring the tuna mixture into the pasta cooking pot after draining the pasta.Note that albacore tuna is the recommended type of tuna.
Servings: 4to 6
1/2-3/4cupextra virgin olive oil, divided use
1large onion, 10-12 oz., thinly sliced from stem to root endI try to slice no more than 1/4-inch wide strips
4-5clovesgarlic, peeled and thinly sliced or chopped
2cans(5 oz. each) albacore tuna in oil or water. Drain water; drain oil if desired
1jar(7 oz.) capers with brine, do not drain(3/4cup capers plus 1/3cup brine) less if you choose, but I think this is just right!
8-12ouncesdry pasta such as bowties or medium shells, uncooked (I use 8oz. and add more vegetables)
12ouncepackage broccoli florets, chopped cruciferous vegetables (from Trader Joe's), or other bite-size vegetables. Shredded kale is also good.
START heating water in a large pot (5-6-quart size) for cooking pasta. Add 1 tablespoon salt if desired.
ADD 2 tablespoons olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook over medium heat stirring frequently until very soft, about 10 minutes. It's ok if it lightly browns.
STIR in tuna and capers with all the brine. Break up tuna into small pieces using the back of a spoon.
ADD 1/2 cup olive oil, lemon zest and juice , or preserved lemon, and red pepper flakes.
COOK over medium-low heat until mixture is thoroughly heated and tuna breaks down slightly, adding additional olive oil if it looks dry. The mixture should have a moist saucy consistency. Taste and adjust lemon zest and juice as desired. And decide if you want all the capers if you didn't add the whole jar :)
Meanwhile, BOIL pasta according to package directions. If adding vegetables, stir them into the pasta cooking water the last 2-3 minutes of cook-time. Reserve 1/2 cup water before draining pasta.
ADD drained pasta and vegetables to tuna (or tuna to pasta in pasta pot). Stir to combine, adding a little pasta water if desired, or even a little more olive oil for moisture. Serve immediately, or hold briefly over low heat. The serving pictured below is made with a a tubular pasta called Gigli, and a package of shredded cruciferous vegetables. Both from Trader Joe's.