Tis the season for asparagus, spring onions and sugar snap peas. I love them all served together with spaghetti and garlic and lots of butter. This is the only seafood and pasta dish where I grate cheese on top; normally taboo – considered not a good combination but it works fantastically in this fast to throw together entrée. This meal is visually appealing with the greens and the white. I have been making variations of it for many years. This is one of my favorite versions. Great flavor and so speedy to make; how fast can you get the water boiling and cook the pasta? That is how long it takes to create a great meal in one fantastic dish.
Yes, I make it with gf pasta. Use the brand you love, don’t overcook it; barely done is best. I made it for years and years with regular pasta before I had to go gluten free. The original recipe didn’t have the asparagus and peas; my addition. Good no matter what veggies you add; just don’t take away any of the basic ingredients.
Be sure to use tuna packed in olive oil; makes all the difference, especially for Italian dishes, much better flavor than any other kind of tuna. Giant carries it as does Wegmans. If you totally hate tuna you could use half a pound of small cooked shrimp. Ditto on using real butter, margarine will ruin the flavor for sure. And I really love the greens; especially the onions; buy scallions if you can’t find spring onions. I always cook the white parts a few minutes but the green tops can be close to raw. Better that way than overcooked. Last but not least by any means, use the real deal for your parmesan cheese, that shreddy stuff in the jar is not gf a lot of the time and the flavor is sad when compared to a chunk you just grated on your pasta. You can thank me after you taste this masterpiece!
Seafood Spaghetti with Greens
1 package of gf spaghetti
½ stick of butter
6-10 spears of asparagus
½ cup fresh snap peas, cut in half
1 can light tuna packed in olive oil
1 can diced clams
1 bundle scallions or spring onions
1 big garlic clove
Directions: Boil a big pot of salted water, add the entire box of spaghetti; usually 12 oz size in gf. Cook stirring often until barely done. Drain. While it cooks make the rest of the dish.
Veggie Prep: I like to snap the asparagus into manageable lengths; like 1 ½ inches long. Ditch the tough ends. Cut the peas in half, cut the spring onions into ¼ inch rounds.
Melt 3 tbsp. of the butter in a big saucepan. I use my mini wok. Add the veggies, cook a minute, and add the garlic pressed or minced. Stir and cook another minute. Throw in the white part of the onions; add the tuna and clams with ALL the juices and olive oil in the tuna can. Stir gently and cook a minute. Toss in the green parts of the scallions and the cooked hot pasta. Stir a bit. Add 1 tbsp. more butter if you dare and up to a quarter cup of pasta water to moisten the pasta. It is really not a wet sauce; the stuff should cling to the strands of spaghetti.
Serve and top each portion with a healthy amount of finely grated real parmesan cheese. Should serve four but if you are piggy only serves 3!
+++++++++++++ Variation for those with a garden +++++++++++++
Yes, you can eat kale flower buds, a lot like broccolini. I sometimes blanch them in hot water before sauteing with olive oil and garlic.
These pictures above show my latest and quite yummy variation: I quick sizzled unopened kale flower buds from my last year’s plants and topped the finished pasta dish with it; really nice and I am guessing this kale option is quite good for your health