20 Minute TUNA PASTA with Paprika & Garlic | Easy ONE-PAN Recipe
This Spanish Tuna Pasta with Paprika & Garlic, known as Macarrones con Atún, is packed with layers of flavors, made with simple ingredients and all done in about 20 minutes. Serve it next to a garden salad and a bottle of Spanish wine for a complete and nourishing meal.
The beauty of this recipe is that it’s a one pan pasta dish. Meaning the pasta gets cooked in the same pan as the sauce. That way the starch from the pasta stays in the dish, which gives it the most incredible texture and flavor.
What really flavors this pasta dish is the sweet smoked Spanish paprika. It adds a smoky touch with a big depth of flavors. You can also add in some hot smoked paprika or even chili powder if you want a little heat.
TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: Typically when making one pan pasta dishes, you want to use 2 1/4 cups (225 grams) pasta to 2 1/2 cups (600 ml) liquid. For the liquid I used vegetable broth, as it adds a bigger depth of flavors, but you can use water if you prefer.
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Spanish Tuna Pasta with Paprika & Garlic
- 2 cans tuna in olive oil 4 oz / 110 grams each
- 8 cloves garlic
- 2 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 5 grams
- 14.5 oz canned tomato sauce 410 grams
- 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth 600 ml
- 2 1/4 cups penne pasta 8 oz / 225 grams
- handful fresh parsley
- pinch sea salt
- dash black pepper
Drain the cans of tuna into a fine sieve with a bowl underneath, gently shake the tuna to remove any excess oil, thinly slice the cloves of garlic and finely chop the parsley
Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in 3 tbsp (45 ml) of the olive oil from the canned tuna
After a couple of minutes add in the sliced garlic, mix continuously, after 3 to 4 minutes and the garlic is lightly browned, add in the paprika, quickly mix together, then add in the canned tomato sauce and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together and then simmer
Once the tomato sauce has slightly thickened, about 3 minutes, add in the broth and turn it up to a high heat
When it comes to a boil add in the pasta, mix every 2 to 3 minutes, after 8 to 9 minutes and most of the broth has been absorbed by the pasta, but there is still some broth left, place a lid on the pan and lower to a low-medium heat, simmer for 2 to 3 minutes or until the pasta is cooked al dente, then remove from the heat
Add the drained tuna into the pasta and the chopped parsley, mix together until well combined, serve directly out of the pan or transfer into serving dishes, enjoy!
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