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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Jalapeno and Sweet Pepper Tuna Pasta

This idea came together after a very long day at work and the because I had picked up one can of albacore tuna with jalapenos and olive oil.  I didn't mean to pick that type of tuna up, but I'm not one to want to waste something, so I decided to figure out a way to make it work. And for me, there is no better way to enjoy a can of tuna than with pasta!  Since I had some mini sweet peppers on hand (a very large 2lbs bag to be exact...but how could I pass them up...the entire bag was only $1.50!!!), I decided to add them to the mix too. This is a very simple pasta dish packed with a lot of flavor.  It's one not to be missed!

Jalapeno and Sweet Pepper Tuna Pasta
Created by Jenn's Food Journey
- Serves 2 -
Printable Recipe 
10oz ziti pasta
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
6-8 mini sweet peppers, thinly sliced or chopped
1 large jalapeno, seeded and thinly sliced or chopped
1 5oz can albacore tuna with jalapenos and olive oil (undrained)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

Cook the pasta according to package directions; drain well.

In a small skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium heat.  Add the sweet peppers and jalapeno and quickly saute them for 3-5 minutes, or just until they are starting to soften.  Add the peppers, tuna with it's oil, 1 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, and the garlic powder.  Stir to combine everything.  If the pasta is too dry, add an additional tablespoon of oil.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Serve immediately and enjoy!

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Debbie said...

Never seen tuna with jalapeno added to it. The dish sounds delicious. I like the combo. Tuna is my favorite sandwich and in pasta it must be great. I'll have to give this a try!

Big Dude said...

Sounds like a great flavor combo and it looks delicious.

Nicole said...


Yenta Mary said...

That is so intriguing and sounds amazing! MAJOR brownie points to you for coming up with such a great dish on the spur of the moment!

StephenC said...

Okay, ignorance confession here. What are "mini sweet peppers"? Notice I used only one question mark. I must be off my game today.

Cranberry Morning said...

Where have I been?? I didn't even know that albacore with jalapeno and olive oil existed! This looks like a comforting Friday evening dinner...while watching the last installment of Downton Abbey. sigh. Thanks for the recipe, Jenn!

Candace said...

whoa! I haven't ever seen the tuna with jalapenos. I often add jalapenos to my tuna for salads and sandwiches. Looks good!

Mary said...

I love this combination. I would really enjoy a plate of this for supper. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Chris said...

Love those bags of mini-sweets. They are great fire roasted or plain and really brighten up dishes with color, like this one.