Sunday, June 23, 2013

Skydreamer Eats: Tuna Aglio Olio Pasta

One of my goals last year was to learn how to prepare 12 dishes - that's one dish per month; however, because of my demanding schedule I wasn't able to fulfill that. This year, instead of being specific about this goal, I just placed a line - "try my hand at being a domestic goddess like my mom." Already halfway of 2013, I can't say if I am on my way to being a mommy wonder but I'm definitely more confident in the kitchen now than last year.

Today, I'm sharing a recipe that's super easy - even first time cooks, wannabe chefs and instant-ramen cooks can make this without fail. You only need four main ingredients - your pasta of choice (obviously), a can of tuna, 5-7 cloves of garlic and extra virgin olive oil.

First, cook 200g of pasta according to package instructions. Once your pasta's cooked and ready, drain and set aside.
Next, and here's the easy part. Mince your garlic, and saute it in a non-stick pan with about 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.
Wait until your garlic is fragrant (always love the smell of garlic and oil). Add your pasta and toss. Add your can of tuna (I used Century Tuna) including the oil. Toss until all your pasta is covered in all its oil goodness. Taste.
Check if it needs salt and pepper. Sprinkle some to taste.
Turn off the fire at this point and serve to your family.
Don't forget to add some shredded parmesan cheese (you can get some at Metro Gourmet in Ayala Center Cebu); or you can shave some fresh parmesan if you prefer. Either way, try to use real and fresh parmesan instead of the ones sold in green bottles at the supermarket. There is a huge difference in taste, trust me.
I'm not a cheese snob, but I cover the basics - parmesan, mozzarella, cheddar, gouda, emmental, etc.
Anyway, back to the point.
The best thing about this recipe is that it's so versatile. Do you want to add more garlic? You can definitely do that. More tuna? Some chili flakes? You want to add a few basil leaves? No problem. Really depends on the taste you're aiming for.
Here's a picture of my finished product:

tuna aglio olio pasta
Tuna Aglio Olio Pasta
Try it and let me know what you think! xx


  1. As I'm reading this, I can almost imagine the wonderful smell in your kitchen (plus its making me hungry for pasta). And with only four ingredients?! You can't beat that. :)

    1. Thank you, joann :). What's best about it is that prep + cooking time is under 30 minutes! xx

  2. Yum! I also experimented with Pasta today. Made "sorta" Lasagna but used spirals (more interesting the to kids), chunky tomatoes, spinach (great way to sneak in veggies), cream and a cheapo cream cheese in tetra pack. Nuked it in the microwave for 10 minutes and VIOLA! Vegetables and Chunky Tomatoes Pasta! I'm bragging because I didn't burn it like what I normally do in everything I cook :D
    I'll try your Tuna Aglio Olio Pasta sometime :)

    1. Wow, I bet it was delicious! And good job for not burning your pasta. Yay! I hope you'll post a recipe in your blog so I can try it too. xx

  3. Wow! Bring some in the office and let us taste it. I'm sure it's so good.

    1. Sure Fred, I'll try to bring some the next time I make this. I'll probably get started with the tom yum soup first so I can share it with the team. xx


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