Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Pasta Fra Diavolo, Diva Style

fasta pasta fra diavolo

I know I've been slacking with my recipes lately. You see, Mateus and I are getting ready to travel to Europe in 9 days...yes, nueve dias. So, I haven't been cooking a lot since our fridge is kind of empty now--plus we haven't shopped for groceries in over a week. But, I know that my readers (all two of you!) probably check for new recipes once in a while. Below is this pasta I created from thin spaghetti I had in the cupboard, tuna and frozen mussels, and a half empty jar of Prego sauce. Authentic fra diavolo has shrimp and all sorts of seafood in it and you can definitely add it to this tasty pasta, however if you're in a hurry, you'll totally like this spicy version. Oh, and yes, Lindsey, I had ALL of these ingredients in my kitchen. Enjoy.

INGREDIENTS (about 4 servings)

  • 1/2 pound (or half the box) of thin Spaghetti or Fettuccini
  • 1 package of frozen mussels in garlic and butter (you can find it at Vons or Trader Joe's) cooked to package directions. Remove the meat from each mussel and set aside--DO NOT discard the garlic/butter liquid it will give off, but do discard the shells.
  • 1 package StarKist® Tuna Fillets, Teriyaki flavor
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 whole dried red chili peppers
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2/3 cup Prego® Traditional pasta sauce
  • Black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon Kraft®Parmesan cheese (yes, the blue stuff)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley

In a large pot of boiling water that is well salted, add your spaghetti or fettuccini and cook to package directions.

In a large sauté skillet on medium-high add the olive oil and butter. Add two whole, dried red chili peppers and sauté for 1 minute. Then add the onions and sauté until soft, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add the diced tomato and cook for 2 more minutes. Add the tuna fillets and break apart with your spatula; also add the mussels, 1/2 cup of the mussel liquid, 2/3 cup of the pasta sauce, two tablespoons of parmesan cheese, 1/2 teaspoons black pepper, and one teaspoon of red pepper flakes. Let the sauce come to a boil, then lower heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes more.

Drain your pasta well and add it into the skillet with the seafood sauce, or fra diavolo. Toss to combine. Then add the finely chopped parsley and serve while still hot. You can top it off with additional parmesan cheese.

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