Linguine Puttanesca with Tuna – a lighter, healthier pasta dish.
Ever wonder what Puttanesca means? Well I recently found out while watching the foodnetwork channel. However the history of pasta Puttanesca has many colorful Italian folk tales. The word itself Puttana in Italian means whore. One of these such tales, suggest that a restaurant owner had many such “whore” guests come to his restaurant to eat late at night as he was about to close. As he didn’t have enough of any one ingredient to make a meal for them all, he would take everything out of his kitchen and put it together to make this Italian pasta sauce.
- 14 oz linguine or 1 package
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- 2 tbsp capers, drained
- ½ cup roughly chopped kalamata olives
- 1 28-ounce can whole plum tomatoes
- 4 basil leaves, torn, plus more for garnish
- 1 5 oz can tuna, packed in water
- ground pepper
- salt to taste
- Frank's hot sauce (optional)