Tuna and white bean pasta with gremolata bread crumbs

  • Preparation Time10 mins
  • Cooking Time15 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyEasy
6 tbsp EVOO (Olive oil)
6 flat filet anchovies, optional
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
70g breadcrumbs, toast and grind stale bread or store bought (have frozen ends in fridge to give tip - save ends until you have a bunch, toast and grind)
2 lemons
Handful flat leaf parsely, finely chopped
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, optional
450g penne or ziti rigate
4 ribs celery, finely chopped
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 (425g) tin white beans, rinsed and drained
2 sprigs fresh rosemary, finely chopped
120ml white wine, white vermouth, or chicken broth
2 tins (170g) Italian tun in oil or water, drained
1 large tomato, seeded and chopped or 1 tin (425g)
1) Heat 4 tbsp EVOO (olive oil) in small pan over medium-low heat with anchovies, if using. Melt anchovies into oil until they dissolve then add garlic and stir 2 minutes then add breadcrumbs and stir and cook until deeply golden in color. Stir in zest of 2 lemons and parsley and crushed red pepper flakes. Turn off heat and transfer to a bowl.

2) Heat a large pot of water to a boil for pasta.

3) Heat a large skillet over medium heat with 2 tbsp EVOO, couple of turns of the pan. Add celery, onions and 2 cloves garlic to the pan and cook until just tender, 5 minutes. Add white beans and rosemary and heat through 2 to 3 minutes more. Add wine, vermouth or broth, flakes tuna and tomato, if using. Atir 2 minutes then turn off heat.

4) Just before draining the pasta, add a ladle of starchy cooking water to pan along with the drained pasta, toss to combine. Serve in shallow bowls with lots of breadcrumbs and a drizzle of oil on top.

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