Elevated canned tuna pasta
So when the pandemic hit and sent us all scurrying to the grocery store and then back to lock ourselves at home, like many of us, I stocked up on canned goods, pasta, and dried beans. That was 4 months ago and the 8 pack of Costco canned tuna has been sitting in my pantry, taunting me ever since (along with dried beans…).
Today I decided to dig in to the pantry (and freezer) for lunch and made a pretty amazing meal from a can of tuna and mixed frozen veg. Secret ingredient: one caramelized onion. Here’s the rough recipe…
Chop an onion and add to a pan with a good bit of olive oil. Cook slowly until the onion starts to go golden. Thaw a cup or so of mixed frozen veg in the microwave, then add to the onion, and let that cook together for a while. Drain and add your can of tuna, and let that cook together for a while. In the meantime, cook your pasta.
When the pasta is done, drain it and dump it into the pan with the tuna and the veg, add a little extra olive oil if you want. I’m telling you - the onion and the olive oil do magic with the boring old canned tuna, giving it a lushness and deep umami from the caramelized onion. The vegetables bring a bit of sweetness.Red pepper flakes give it a little kick of heat.