Saturday, November 26, 2011

Mafaldine Napoletane Al Tonno In Bianco...Pasta With Tuna Fish No Tomato ...




Mafaldine Napoletane Al Tonno In Bianco
Santo Cielo! (Holy Heaven!)  I had one heck of a pasta lunch yesterday like it's been a really long time since I've had pasta....Oh Ok I had it before yesterday!! what a memory...But it wasn't Italian style. In bianco (meaning white without tomato). Made a soffritto of onion, garlic, hot chilies, lots of olive oil, salt, pepper and kept stir-frying on medium heat while waiting for the water for the Mafaldine Napolitane

to boil. Of course you know that continuous stir-frying keeps the temperature at a lower level than if you just leave it without stirring,  and so neither the onion nor the garlic and the chilies burn. When the water boiled the heat under the sofrito was turned off for the 8 or 9 minutes needed for the pasta to cook, drained, put the sofrito in the pasta pot, heated it, added the dill, stirred then added the pasta. All this is done very quickly. Then by tossing the pasta distributed the sofrito with the dill around. What a beauty!! Here is the exact way it was done... 

You will need:
Serves 4 - 6.
-  500gr Mafaldine Napoletane.
-  ½ - ¾  cup olive oil.
-  1 small onion thinly sliced with mandoline or any other utensil which can slice very thin slices. The slices should be translucent.
-  5 cloves garlic sliced the same way.
-  1 or 2 hot red chilies seeds discarded.
-  ½ bunch dill very thinly chopped.
-  Salt for the boiling water.
-  Salt and pepper for the sofrito.
-  1 can of tuna fish per person.
Method:
-  Open can of tuna per person discard oil or brine inside and empty on small plate beside every person. Every person will have his little plate of tuna to eat with or without his pasta.
-  Combine olive oil, onion, garlic, and chili salt and pepper in a small saucepan.
-  In the meantime put water to boil. As we said: 1 liter of water per 100 gr of uncooked pasta.
-  Stir-fry the sofrito on medium heat until the water boils, add salt to the boiling water. Turn off the soffritto heat.


-  Cook pasta for 8 minutes (1 minute less that what is shown on the box).
-  Drain.
-  Quickly add the sofrito to the pot where the pasta was boiling, heat, add the dill. Stir and mix. Turn off heat.

Picture Not Clear Due To Cooking Vapor.
-  Add the pasta to the hot sofrito and toss to mix everything together. Serve
Enjoy this beautiful. aromatic, slightly spicy-hot dish.
Stelio
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