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Monday, November 23, 2009

Spaghetti with Tuna, Lemon, and Breadcrumbs

It's good to have an arsenal of quick, easy, delicious meals in your recipe file for when you...well... need something quick, easy, and delicious. This recipe definitely fits the bill.  It has a bright lemon flavor, and is done in the amount of time it takes to boil water and cook the pasta.  I used my toaster oven to make the breadcrumbs since it takes even less time to heat up than the regular oven.

Spaghetti with Tuna, Lemon, and Breadcrumbs
Source: Everyday Food, January/February 2009

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 slices whole-wheat sandwich bread
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3/4 pound spaghetti
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, plus 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons slivered Kalamata olives
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) chunk light tuna in water, drained

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, in a food processor, pulse bread and 1 teaspoon oil until coarse crumbs form. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet; season with salt and pepper. Bake until golden, tossing occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes.
  2. Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water; drain pasta, and return to pot. Add lemon zest and juice, parsley, olives, and 1 tablespoon oil; toss, adding enough pasta water to coat. Add tuna; toss gently. Serve sprinkled with breadcrumbs.

1 comment:

Liesl said...

I love Everyday Food! I made this same recipe and it was so tasty!