Cook Tuna Spaghetti with Red Sauce

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When most people hear the word spaghetti, they imagine pasta covered in a meaty red sauce with mushrooms, carrots, and perhaps a little bit of pesto.

There are those, however, who are watching their cholesterol levels, or choose not to eat red meat. What changes can they make to enjoy spaghetti just like any other individual?

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Tuna Spaghetti with Red Sauce

It is actually very simple to change the dynamics of spaghetti and make a much healthier choice. How can you achieve that you say? It is fairly simple - change the total make-up of the spaghetti. It can be made into something healthier, while still being a delicious and satisfying meal. A good example is instead of the usual ground beef used in spaghetti; make it with something healthier such as tuna. Simply substituting ground beef with tuna, so it becomes the main ingredient of your dish, and yet everything else remains the same. Tuna is rich in Omega-3 acids that lessen the amount of cholesterol in the dish and help you maintain a healthy diet. Spaghetti with tuna is a filling, healthy dish that is just as easy as spaghetti to prepare.

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Ingredients for Tuna Spaghetti

  • 1/2 kg (1 lb.) of spaghetti noodles or pasta
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  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml.) of olive oil
  • 5 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 medium onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 small can of tuna or ¼ kg (8 oz.) of tuna
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  • 1 small carrot, peeled and grated
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  • 1 small can mushroom, pieces and stems
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  • 500ml (2 cups) of tomato sauce
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  • 1/2 pack of instant pesto mix, or from the jar
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  • salt and pepper to taste
  • half a bar of regular cheese, grated
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Sauce

  1. 1
    Place the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
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  2. 2
    Sauté the garlic, until it is golden brown.
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  3. 3
    Add the onions and stir until they become translucent
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  4. 4
    Now add the tuna and let it simmer for about 3 minutes
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  5. 5
    Add the tomato sauce and stir
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  6. 6
    Add half a cup of water and stir
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  7. 7
    Add the carrots and let the sauce boil for about 5 minutes
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  8. 8
    Open the can of mushrooms and add them into the mixture.
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  9. 9
    Stir and let it boil for 3 minutes.
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    The finishing touch is the instant pesto, then salt and pepper to taste, simmer for another 2 minutes and set aside.
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Pasta

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    Fill a large pot 3/4 full of water and bring it to a boil
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    You start the water before you make the sauce.
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  2. 2
    Add a drizzle of olive oil in the water and a pinch of salt.
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  3. 3
    When the water is boiling, add the spaghetti noodles and make sure all pasta is submerged.
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  4. 4
    Let it boil, stir constantly (to prevent the noodles from sticking to the bottom of the pot)
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  5. 5
    Once the noodles are cooked, strain and rinse with cold water, then set aside
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    You will know if noodles are cooked when you can easily cut a piece with just your fingers. El dente is when the pasta is cooked, but there's just a little bit of resistance when you bit into it.
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Serve

  • Place the desired amount of spaghetti onto plates and drizzle a liberal amount of the tuna red sauce over the noodles.
  • Sprinkle the top with grated cheese and serve immediately.

Questions and Answers

Should I serve my tuna dish by itself or should I add a side dish with it?

It is preferable that side dishes are prepared to go with any tuna dish, but the side dish should complement the tuna dish.

Serving a side dish with the tuna dish is an option for the one preparing it. Depending on the people for whom the tuna dish is prepared, side dishes can be a great way to enhance the meal experience. Wheat and garlic breads, crouton soups, fruits and salads are just a few of the best partners for any tuna dish.

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  • Make sure that the side dish will complement the prepared tuna dish.
  • As much as possible, the side dish should be something completely different from the main dish, like a salad.
  • The side dish should enhance and maximize the taste of the tuna dish, and it must not overtake the main dish. Just as the word itself suggests, "side" dishes are intended to be eaten on the side of the main dish.
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Recent edits by: Eng, Lynn, Jmgf

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