Pasta with Tuna Spinach and Tomatoes

Pasta with Tuna Spinach and Tomatoes

Snowed in! No matter–just an excuse to deplete a well-stocked arsenal of pantry staples.
Raised in an era of bomb shelters and well-stocked cellars; a fear of the unfathomable unknown and worst case scenarios are burned into my psyche. Indeed, my family could live off the larder in our basement, without ever leaving, a good 6 months.

Fortunate enough to call Michigan our home, we’ve only had to delve into our stockpile during snow storms and electrical outages, to date.

Today’s pantry has some enticing ingredients that will provide a delicious meal in minutes.
Basically the DNA of this recipe is top-drawer, locally made pasta, extra virgin olive oil, tuna, canned tomatoes and capers. I have some leftover spinach and excellent Parmesan to add.

Other options gracing past “recipes” have included chopped kalamata olives, chopped red onion, steamed veggies, leftover salmon and fresh chopped basil.

Recipe: Pasta with Tuna Spinach and Tomatoes


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 anchovy fillets, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
  • 1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes (I enjoy using Muir Glen Fire Roasted tomatoes)
  • 3 tablespoons drained capers
  • 1 can (6 ounces) solid white tuna in water , drained and rinsed
  • 6 ounces dry pasta
  • 8 ounces fresh baby spinach leaves
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Freshly grated Italian cheese, such as Parmigiano Regianno or Pecorino Romano


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. As water comes to a boil, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large sauté pan. Add anchovies and garlic and sauté one minute. Add tomatoes with their liquid and cook until liquid has evaporated slightly. Add capers and tuna.
  3. When water comes to a boil, cook pasta 3 minutes. Place spinach in colander then drain pasta over spinach. Stir drained pasta and remaining olive oil into sauce and heat through. Season to taste with red pepper flakes and freshly grated cheese.

*I used a 1/2 bag of Al Dente Spinach Fettucine

Time: 15 minutes

Number of servings (yield): 3

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