23 May2010


This couldn’t have taken more than 15 minutes to complete from the time the pasta water hit a boil. Into a pot of salted boiling water, add your penne or pasta of choice and stir a bit to prevent sticking. In a saute pan over high heat, add generous amounts of good olive oil, then some sliced cherry or grape tomatoes and let them sizzle a bit. Add some chopped homemade semi-dried tomatoes or if you don’t have those, some chopped soft sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil. You will need to eyeball amount of ingredients to dress your pasta appropriately…


Next I added some red chili flakes, some flaked homemade tuna and stirred for about 15 seconds, just to warm the tuna through. Take this off the heat, season with salt and pepper and added some chopped Italian parsley. Drain the cooked pasta and add it to the sauce in the pan and stir to coat the pasta. You may need to add a little pasta water to prevent this from drying out too much. Also, add some more good olive oil if necessary. The dressing should flavor the pasta, but NOT DROWN it.


The fresh tomatoes (which are as good as they get in Manila) were half-cooked and just wilted, the semi-dried tomatoes added intensity and another textural level to the dish, and the tuna was fresh, light and homemade! The dish is quite healthy and incredibly quick and easy to make. Perfect for a hot summer’s day. And one other way to use my bounty of homemade tuna!



  1. natie says:

    looks delicious! a quick comfort food

    May 23, 2010 | 9:08 pm


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  3. kittel says:

    have to try this one soon..

    May 23, 2010 | 9:39 pm

  4. bettyimages says:

    this Pasta is Love ♥

    May 23, 2010 | 10:40 pm

  5. Vanessa says:

    Marketman, you don’t have a facebook account?

    May 23, 2010 | 10:54 pm

  6. chinachix says:

    I have to agree with previous comments. This looks easy and yummy. A must try recipe for sure!

    May 24, 2010 | 4:04 am

  7. miron miron on the wall says:

    hi, please keep on posting easy to do dish such as this. more of vegetarian dishes please. thanks!

    May 24, 2010 | 4:58 am

  8. Marketman says:

    Vanessa, sorry, no facebook account. :)

    May 24, 2010 | 5:05 am

  9. Angela says:

    Oh my, that looks yummy. I guess it really doesn’t help that I just got home from work and haven’t had breakfast or lunch!

    May 24, 2010 | 6:46 am

  10. andrea says:

    yummy! have to try this soon! and more easy to do recipes pls…

    May 24, 2010 | 8:39 am

  11. Jaja says:

    I just had my lunch and yet I find myself drooling over this yummy pasta! :)

    May 24, 2010 | 12:08 pm

  12. nina says:

    This looks delish but can’t eat much these days…all day sickness sucks. can’t wait to get over it soon!

    May 24, 2010 | 1:35 pm

  13. joyce says:

    love. this is one of the dishes i cook regularly although i imagine your recipe tastes ssooo much better because of the homemade bottled tuna i just use century tuna from manila. will try making this tonight since i have dried tomatoes in the ref.

    May 25, 2010 | 9:55 am

  14. Joylet says:

    Hi MM,
    I’d gladly take some of your home made tuna if you run out of choices :)

    May 25, 2010 | 11:51 pm

  15. Charina, Manila says:

    Thanks MM. Looking forward to trying this one. I have a version that involves anchovies instead of the tuna (with artichokes and feta if I have these handy) but this seems healthier.

    May 26, 2010 | 9:03 pm


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