Monday, September 12

Tuna Pasta Nicoise

This was the meal of THAT night.  But please, please don't let that deter you.  It was really good despite the fact that the evening didn't start out so well.  Some might find the combination of ingredients really strange (I did at first too!).  However at the very same time, I found the list of ingredients intriguing as well, and you know?  It really does work.

Hot (or Cold) Niçoise-Style Tuna Pasta ~ adapted from the wonderful Rachael Ray

2 small red potatoes
4 large eggs
1 pound short-cut pasta, such as shells, penne or farfalle (bowties) (I actually ended up using whole wheat egg noodles)
About 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
1 pint grape tomatoes (I used cherry from the garden)
1/2 cup dry white wine (I used chicken stock, but the wine would be wonderful)

1/4 cup Niçoise olives, chopped (I could not find Niçoise olives anywhere, so I used Kalamatas)
1/2 tsp red chili sauce (like Sriracha, more to taste if you're like the Hubs)
2 Tbsp onion, minced
2-3 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 jar or can tuna in water or oil (12 ounces), drained and flaked
A handful of flat leaf parsley, chopped
A small handful of fresh basil leaves, torn

Place the potatoes and eggs in a medium sized pot with enough water to cover the eggs by at least two inches.  Bring to a rolling boil and boil for two minutes.  Turn off heat and cover tightly.  Let stand for fifteen minutes.  (This COMPLETELY goes against the way my mom taught me to make hard boiled eggs.....but you know what?  It really does make a perfect hard boiled egg.  I was surprised too, Mom!)   

Remove the eggs (leave the potatoes in the water) and peel eggs under cold water.  Cut into small cubes or roughly chop.  Remove the potatoes and dice. Bring a large a pot of water to a rolling boil and cook pasta according to package instructions.  Reserve 1/2 cup starchy cooking water prior to draining pasta.   

While the pasta is cooking, over medium heat, in a large saute pan, heat olive oil.  Add the tomatoes, wine (or stock), olives, chili sauce, onion, and garlic.  Cover the pan and increase heat to medium high.  Cook and uncover the pan when the tomatoes start to crack. This will take about 10 minutes.  Lightly crush tomatoes with a wooden spoon.....whoops!  I didn't crush when I made this!  Make sure to crush!  Stir in tuna, parsley, and basil.  Add in starchy pasta water. 

Add the pasta to the sauce and toss.  Stir in eggs and potatoes and serve. 

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This recipe is linked to:

Beauty and Bedlam's Tasty Tuesday
Blessed With Grace Tempt My Tummy Tuesday
Designs By Gollum Foodie Friday
Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap
Friday Potluck at EKat's Kitchen
Hearth 'n Soul Recipe Swap at Premeditated Leftovers

La Bella Vita's Fresh Clean and Pure Friday 
Miz Helen's Country Cottage Full Plate Thursday  



Alea Milham said...

I think recipes that have an unusual combination of ingredients are my favorite. But I don't like the fact that I have to sell the combination to those who have never tried it before. Thanks for sharing your pasta salad recipe with the Hearth and Soul Hop; I think it looks delicious!

Melynda said...

Although the potatoes and pasta might seem like too much, these are perfect together! Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

Miz Helen said...

Hi Jackie,
What a great Tuna Pasta Salad. I just love the wonderful combination in the recipe. I am going to make this salad for lunch tomorrow, it looks so good! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen


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