Tonight my friend came over. I love to cook for friends, and I discovered a recipe this morning in the James Beard website by Lidia Bastianich, so I knew I had to make it. Lidia is a bit of a legend for me, for Pete's sake, Mario Batali thinks she's amazing! I once saw her on Bourdain with Christoper Walken, and she made Walken pick up a huge raw octopus, and cook it. I really-really liked her after that.
Her Ziti with Tuna Ascoli-Style starts with green olives, follows with tomatoes and tuna, and ends with pasta and parsley. That...is my kind of dish.
In my largest and most favored pan, I heated olive oil over medium heat and sauteed garlic and chopped green olives. As it perfumed my kitchen with brininess and garlic I added in a can of whole tomatoes that I crushed by hand...and not even staining anything, I might add. Salt and pepper, and it simmered for 10 minutes. I heated the pasta water and began to cook the ziti noodles at this time. When the sauce had begun to thicken and the pasta was almost done boiling, I added drained chunk tuna (originally packed in olive oil) to the tomato mixture and gently broke it into bite-sized bits. Actually, I used Yellowtail because once I read something about dolphins and it kinda stuck with me.
As soon as the pasta was done, I drained and added it to the sauce to bring the flavors together, seasoned with salt and pepper, and served with fresh parsley.
But you know what? It was worth it. :)