Tuna Zucchini Fusilli

Tuna Zucchini Fusilli

When copious amounts of zucchini start to fill our summer garden, some inspiration is required in order to prepare them in as many unique and tasty ways as possible.

From zucchini fritters to zucchini crisps, zucchini frittatas and this delicious tuna zucchini fusilli pasta dish, zucchini lend to a variety of recipes thanks to their mild, slightly sweet flavour.

Tuna Zucchini Fusilli

Spending our summers on the beautiful island of Sardinia, we alternate between the hustle and bustle of the touristy beaches and picturesque towns, and the relaxing, rural countryside, which is where we call home.

Our garden-actually, my father-n-law’s, is a work of art. Rows and rows of beautiful fruits and vegetables are spread out strategically throughout the garden, which means that fresh produce is only a few steps away from us-and not a trip to the local grocery store.

Many a lunch is prepared in hindsight, since we often come home from the beach, just in time for lunch. After a long morning basking in the sun, there’s nothing better than a fresh lunch, like this healthy tuna zucchini fusilli.

Tuna Zucchini Fusilli

This easy pasta dish is a terrific pack n’ go lunch for a day at the beach or a family picnic at the park. Whether you serve it warm or at room temperature, it is equally delicious.

The quality and freshness of the ingredients make a huge difference in this pasta-the fresh basil, sweet cherry tomatoes, and mild zucchini, all picked from our garden make this pasta dish shine.

My suggestion is to make enough for leftovers since this pasta tastes even better the following day once the flavours have had time to sit and combine.

Tuna Zucchini Fusilli

Tuna Zucchini Fusilli

2013-08-19
: Serves 2
: 5-7 min
: 15-20 min

When copious amounts of zucchini start to fill our summer garden, some inspiration is required in order to prepare them in as many unique and tasty ways as possible. From zucchini fritters to zucchini crisps, zucchini frittatas and this delicious tuna zucchini fusilli pasta dish, zucchini lend to a variety of recipes thanks to their mild, …

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Ingredients
    1 garlic clove, halved or finely minced
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely diced
  • 1 medium zucchini (about 1 cup), finely diced
  • 8-10 cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 3-4 lg. basil leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 cup fusilli or pasta of choice
  • 2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
Directions

Bring about 5 cups of water to a boil in a medium pot. Add about 1 tbs. of sea salt to the cooking water then add the pasta. Cook the pasta 1-2 minutes less than the recommendation on the package instructions.

The pasta should be al dente, meaning cooked on the outside and with a slight bite on the inside. This allows the pasta to continue to cook in the sauce and absorb more flavour.

In the meantime, heat 2 tbs. of olive oil a large frying pan on medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Add the garlic (I prefer halving the garlic cloves and then removing before serving), onion and zucchini and sauté for 5-7 minutes or until slightly translucent.

Tuna Zucchini Fusilli

Add the tomatoes, tuna and half of the chopped basil leaves. Sauté for another 2-3 minutes until all the ingredients have combined and the tomatoes have somewhat softened.

Tuna Zucchini Fusilli

Once cooked, remove the pasta from the pot, drain and set aside 1/2 cup of the cooking water. Add the pasta to the frying pan with 1/4 cup of the reserved cooking water. Sauté for about 2 minutes or until the pasta is well coated and the water has evaporated.

Tuna Zucchini Fusilli

If the pasta is too dry, add the remaining 1/4 cup of cooking water and cook for another 1-2 minutes until combined. Add the Parmesan cheese directly into the pan sand stir to combine. This adds a depth of flavour and ensures the cheese coats all of the pasta!

Tuna Zucchini Fusilli

Garnish with the remaining freshly chopped basil, a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of fresh extra-virgin olive oil.

Tuna Zucchini Fusilli

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