The stories of my life on a little island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea ... and my occasional adventures beyond these shores.

Friday, 4 February 2011

A Taste Of Summer On A Wintry Day

I know that many of you have the winter blues and, although I am jealous of your snowy landscapes, I can understand that living with snow is not as romantic as it may sound. I lived in the Mid-west for one winter and, looking back, it turned out to be a pretty mild one. Snow and ice were so alien to me that I remember the first time that I had ice on my wind-shield I tried to scrape it off with my bare hands. Bad idea. But I was clueless at the time.
Living here in the central Mediterranean, snow and ice  are two things we never have to deal with. Occasionally, we get a terrific hailstorm but that hasn’t happened in three years. Rain is the only inconvenience (if you can call it that) that we have to put up with and, believe it or not, I know people here who will complain about that too. I am always on the point of telling them to move to Saudi Arabia if they want sunshine 365 days a year.
Anyway, today I am going to share a recipe which should at least summerise your dinners, if not your weather. It is really, really easy to make and, if you like all the ingredients, extremely tasty too. So here goes:
Pasta With Tuna and Lemon
3 quarts water(2.75l)
1 pound penne (450g)
1/4 cup olive oil
3 garlic cloves, thickly sliced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 can (61/22 ounce) water packed tuna, drained and flaked (190g)
1/4 fresh lemon juice
zest of 1 lemon, grated
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (if it’s not in season I use dry parsley)
1/4 pasta cooking water
1/4 freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (optional)
Tuna and Lemon Pasta (2)
Bring the water for the pasta to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until tender.
While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil, garlic and red pepper flakes in a large pan set on medium heat until sizzling (about 3 minutes).
Remove the pan from heat and carefully add the tuna (make sure it’s drained well or you will get a lot of splattering from the oil), lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, pepper, 2 tablespoons of the chopped parsley and the pasta cooking water (I usually do not add the water as I don’t like my sauce to be too runny but that is my personal preference).
Return the pan to low heat and stir for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.
Tuna and Lemon Pasta (4)
Drain the cooked pasta and return to the pot. Pour the sauce over the pasta, add the remaining parsley and cook for a further 3 minutes, tossing well. Remove from heat and stir in the cheese.
This recipe is from the book ‘Glorious Italian Cooking’ by Nick Stellino. I love his recipes and recommend them to all of you who like Italian food. This is what Nick himself writes about this recipe: “On the annual festival of the village saint, it was customary for all the unmarried women to prepare a dish for a contest. This year, it was to be judged by a handsome fisherman, Turiddu. Each of the young ladies stood behind her creation while Turiddu tasted. When he came to Nunziata’s pasta, Turiddu felt an explosion of flavour. Turning to Nunziata, her eyes seemed to reflect ocean waves breaking onto a sandy shore into a million tiny diamond flecks, each reflecting the orange glow of the setting sun. Legend reports that it was this recipe which brought Turiddu and Nunziata together”. With a story like that, who wouldn’t want to try this recipe at least once?


  1. Thanks for the recipe, Loree. Gotta try that!

  2. The weather is a controversial subject always! No one is truly happy about it!

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I sounds delicious.

  3. I have everything in my pantry, except the fresh lemon, but will be sure to fix the recipe soon, Loree!

  4. Yumm.. I love Italian food...

    Well the weather in Australia has been nuts!! poor Queenslanders really have something to complain about... but here in Sydney today it is 42c.. or 107.6F so it's just a TAD hot.. hahaha.. been like this on and off for two weeks.. yet not quite as bad as today.... I'm coping by occasionally putting my head in the freezer.. hahaha.. no only joking!!! [sort of]

    Sorry to hear you've been having issues too.. strange isn't it.. not life threatening.. yet the stress they create can really affect one's health.. I have to get more ZEN....

    Thanks Loree for popping by and kind comments.. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.. ciao xxx Julie

  5. I do so love italian food!!! :)

  6. This is our permenant dish every Friday. I exclude the garlic and peper... with 4 members in the family there are always likes and dislikes... it's difficult to content and satisfy them all.
    I didn't know the story behind this dish.
    Nice post... thank you!

  7. It looks delicious, Loree. I know when winter's passed, I shall miss it; though, the ice I can do without. But, it does make for work days off ~ xox Alexandra

  8. YUm Loree...beautiful and brilliant dish..yes the perfect potion for a wintry day!! And such a fun gorgeous story...i so enjoyed mother's name is i thought that was cool..people just say it wihtout the "A"..and say Nunziata! Great synchroncity! thanks for another fab are awesome!!

  9. yum, yum and yum. this recipe is just what the doctor ordered~

  10. Looks yum! I will probably try this, Loree! Thanks for sharing !:)

  11. Hi Loree...thanks for sharing that sweet and beautiful story about your nanna and the hydrangeas..shine on!! yay!

  12. Have a great day, Loree. You should write more often; I really enjoy reading your posts ~ xox Alexandra

  13. yummy! i used to cook pasta with lemon zest, parsley and cream but i am going to try this one really soon i think! many thanks for everything loree

  14. Oh, thanks! I am SOOOO going to make this! :)

  15. I like snow and winter, are my favorite seasons !...
    but I'll try your recipe, although I admit that the latter was completely missed, but this is the fault of the very bad cook I am ! :))



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