Sometimes tradition can be incredibly modern, so "fusion" and cool, like this recipe for fusilli and fresh tuna. Mint is actually used traditionally in Sicily with tuna, especially in the area of Messina. Make sure you can source sustainable tuna, help protect our planet's biodiversity! I'll never grow tired of saying that the less ingredients, and herbs, the better, and the more "from scratch" the tastier and healthier! The mix of taste, texture and flavors in this recipe is something out of this world. Watch me making it by clicking on the "video" icon under the picture here on the left.
1Peel the garlic and toss in large pan with about 5tbs olive oil. When it starts to sizzle, add the tuna steaks. The oil must be very hot for we want to brown the tuna very quickly on the outside, whilst keeping the inside pink and moist (about 1 min. per side). Season with salt & pepper. Remove steaks and reserve.
2Add the tomatoes, turn heat down, season with salt & pepper. Toss the fusilli in a pot of boiling water (salted, about 1 tbsp per liter), add a couple tbsp olive oil and leave to simmer away. Simple and straight, we don't want to mess around with too many flavors and herbs.
3When the pasta is about to be ready (follow instructions on the packet),remove the garlic,dice your tuna steaks into 1/2 inch cubes and add to the tomatoes. Turn heat off. Chop parsley and mint and toss in with the rest. don't worry if it's a bit dry, you can always add some olive oil or, better, some of the pasta's cooking water.
4Drain the fusilli and add to the pan. Toss and mix for the sauce to coat the pasta. If necessary add some of the pasta's water. transfer to serving dish. Decorate with more chopped parsley, a drizzle of olive oil for the shine, and a couple of mint leaves. Sicilian Inzolia (white)is a heavenly match for it. Watch a video of how I prepare this dish by clicking on the "video" icon underneath the picture on this page.