Tonnato sauce - a rich tuna sauce for pasta
This is a variation on a famous Italian sauce for a dish called vitello tonnato, but it omits the vitello (veal) and just uses the sauce to toss with pasta. It is a very frugal dish since you can make dinner for two with 1 can of tuna, pasta, and a bit of olive oil and seasonings. (You may want to add a green salad or something for a complete meal.)
- 1 can of tuna, well drained
- 3-4 garlic cloves
- 2-3 filets of canned anchovies (you can omit this if you like, but add more salt in that case)
- About 1/4 cup or more of good quality olive oil
- 2 Tbs. lemon juice
- 1-2 Tbs. of pickled capers
salt and pepper to taste, if needed (pepper yes, salt probably not)
cooked pasta (about 100g / 3oz per person dry)
Put the tuna and garlic in a food processor with chopping blade. Turn the processor on, and while it's running, slowly add the olive oil until it forms a smooth, thick sauce. Add lemon juice, capers, and salt and pepper to taste. Toss well with hot pasta. Makes enough for 2-3 servings.
- Use about 2 Tbs. of miso instead of the anchovies for a tuna-miso-sauce that's quite interesting. Try on udon noodles.
- Add some chopped olives
- A traditional tonnato sauce often has chopped boiled eggs in it, but I prefer it without.
A downmarket version
Mash up tuna with plenty of mayonnaise. Add some chopped green onion and mix well. Squeeze in a little lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Good on cold noodles for a sort of cold noodle tuna salad pasta.