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Sean McBride
June 16, 2023 | Sean McBride

Cooking with Crosby Roamann: Penne al Tonno

Penne al Tonno -- Penne with Tuna in Red Sauce -- is the simplest and most delicious summer pasta recipe you need to have in your weekday arsenal.


  • 1 pound dry penne
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 jar of capers (2 oz) drained
  • 1 jar of Tonnino yellow fin tuna in olive oil (blue label)
  • 4oz pitted black or brown olives (like from the deli counter at Whole Foods) sliced in thirds
  • 1 jar of premade sauce and 1 box strained tomatoes (or just use two boxes of premade pasta sauce)
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic powder or granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • 6 twists of freshly cracked black (or rainbow pepper)


  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, add the penne, and cook for 12 minutes, making sure to stir the pasta in the beginning of the boil so it doesnt stick to the bottom of the pot.
  • In a large saucepan over medium high heat, add your olive oil, and when it begins to shimmer, add the capers, letting them fry for a minute.
  • Add the tuna in its olive oil, and let it fry for a couple minutes. Stir.
  • Add the olives, then let them fry for a couple minutes. Stir.
  • Add the pasta sauce, and the box of strained tomatoes. Bring to a gentle simmer, and stir, uncovered.
  • Season with garlic powder, salt, pepper, and crushed red peppers.
  • The penne should be done by now, so drain it, and return the pasta to the same pot. Pour all the hot sauce over the penne and stir to incorporate.
  • Enjoy -- and hey -- grab a glass of Chardonnay !!



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