First Date Pasta

First Date Pasta

I named this what I did for two reasons. One - it really is what I made my boyfriend for lunch on our first date. A bold choice, but I was in a bold state of mind at that point in my life. (Hello, this is what I eat!  Love me, love my food.) Two - if someone devours this with you on a first date, he/she either LOVES you or LOVES flavorful food, or both. But it's probably both. What more could you want in a relationship?

45 minutes
4 cups (1 lb. dry) rigatoni, penne or macoroni pasta
2 cans tuna (7 ounces each) in water
2 tbs olive oil
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 15 ounce can tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
6 canned anchovy filets, drained
2 tbs chopped fresh basil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Put the olive oil in a heavy saucepan and heat gently until hot.
  2. Add the garlic and fry until golden.  Stir in the tomato sauce and tomatoes, lower the heat and simmer for 25 minutes, until thickened.
  3. Drain tuna, place in a bowl and flake.  Cut the anchovies in half.  Stir into the sauce with the capers and chopped basil.  Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Cook the pasta in plenty of boiling, salted water according to the package instructions.  Drain well and toss with the sauce.


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