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Easy Weeknight: Bucatini al Tonno

A really special—and simple—dinner is at your fingertips with this great recipe from Trenchers Farmhouse. 


6.4 oz (2 nests) of Trenchers Farmhouse bucatini
1 can tuna in olive oil
3 T tomato paste or 1 t 'nduja plus 2T ugly sauce
2 tbsp capers or chopped cauliflower pickles
2 tbsp breadcrumbs
1/2 bunch chives
1 lemon, juice & zest, or 1 t vinegar
salt & red chili flakes, to taste

Bring a large pot 3/4 full of water and season it well with salt. 

In a medium sauté pan over medium heat, add 1 can of tuna in oil, capers/chopped cauliflower pickles, and chili flakes if using. Sauté until fragrant for about 5 minutes.

Add tomato paste or 'nduja and ugly sauce and cook on medium, stirring occasionally, until the paste darkens in color and is fragrant, about 5-7 minutes. 

Cook the pasta. Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of pasta water. 

Add 3/4 cup of pasta water and pasta to the tomato, tuna mix. Bring to a low simmer and cook stirring frequently until the sauce thickens to coat the pasta. 

Turn off heat and fold in chives, lemon zest. Season with salt & lemon or vinegar to taste. 

Top with breadcrumbs and Buon Appetito!