Fast, easy, tasty and healthy: what more could you want?
I have to warn you about something: you will be amazed by a single fork of this Mediterranean angel hair pasta! It’s one of the tastiest pasta dishes I’ve ever had and it embodies the best of flavors in Mediterranean cuisine. Tomatoes, capers, olives, tuna, anchovies; Do we need to say more? Together they form a light, easy-to-prepare sauce that completely envelops every single fine strand of angel hair noodle.
You can use other types of pasta shapes if you’d like, but the thinness of the angel’s hair captures all of the flavors that make this dish so explosive. Give or take, this dish will be ready in about an hour (most of the time is free for all of the flavors to melt with the heat). The pasta cooks pretty quickly so be sure to prepare the sauce before the pasta! In authentic Italian kitchens, the sauce always cooks before the pasta because the pasta should stay al dente.
Simply brush the cooked pasta with the sauce and serve immediately. With the final layer of fresh extra virgin olive oil, you will find that these flavors go together perfectly!
How Much Olive Oil?
You might look at this recipe and think, “A quarter cup of olive oil, are you crazy?” Do not worry; We’re not crazy but we know how to cook real Mediterranean cuisine! After all, good quality olive oil is a staple of this diet, and there are many Benefits of Consuming More Olive Oil. However, we’re going to break it down to reassure you that this is not an unhealthy decision.
Since this recipe has four servings, that quarter cup is actually only one tablespoon per serving. It doesn’t sound that bad when you look at it that way, does it? Now we know that every tablespoon of olive oil contains just under 120 calories, and that is still a few calories if you are on a restricted diet. Take a look at the rest of the ingredients, however; They are all relatively low in calories. The olives, tomatoes, capers, and anchovies barely register on our calorie meter, and the tuna is a lean protein, so it’s not bad either.
If you break it down this way, that sauce is really just flavored olive oil. So don’t be afraid to use this full quarter cup (you’ll thank us after you take your first bite!) switch to the Mediterranean diet After all!
Serving of Mediterranean angel hair noodles
This pasta is best enjoyed with a glass of chilled dry white wine of medium structure. It is best if it is smoothed in large wooden barrels (or on fine lees) and softened with a little aging, as opposed to the intense taste of juiciness and acidity. Of course, you also want something with good persistence on the palate that matches the intensity of the flavors and aromatic flavors contained in this plate. Medium-structured white wines such as Fiano, Vermentino, Catarratto or Trebiano go well together.
- 1/4 Cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon Anchovy paste
- 2 Cloves garlic finely chopped
- 1 chili roughly chopped
- 6th Ounces Canned tuna drained and lightly mashed with a fork
- 1 lb Canned tomatoes
- 2 tablespoon coarse sea salt
- 1/3 Cup pitted olives halved
- 1/4 Cup Capers flushed and drained
- 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
- 1 lb dry angel hair pasta
- 1/4 Cup fresh parsley finely chopped
Pour half of the olive oil in a medium to large saucepan over medium heat and heat, then add the anchovy paste, garlic, and garlic. Fry for a few minutes.
Add the tuna and sauté for 10 minutes.
Add the tomatoes and cook for 30 minutes. Halfway through cooking, add the capers and olives.
In the meantime, while the tomato sauce is half cooked, bring a large saucepan of water to a boil to create the noodles. When the water is boiling, add 2 tablespoons of coarse sea salt and cook the pasta. Angel hair noodles cook very quickly, about 3 minutes. So make sure the sauce cooks before the pasta.
Mix the cooked pasta and the sauce, then sprinkle the parsley on top and drizzle with the remaining olive oil.
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 17th
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