Spaghetti is a classic comfort food, but why not make it healthy with tuna, capers, tomatoes and spinach? This is a great alternative if you are craving to eat spaghetti without the meat sauce and with much less cheese. It also makes for a great complete meal because you have lean protein, vegetables and carbs all in one dish. The briny flavor of the capers goes well with the tuna.
I recommend using canned tuna packed in olive oil from Italy, which adds a lot of flavor. This also has bigger chunks of tuna marinated in olive oil. There are so many brands of canned tuna out there but they’re not the same. They almost look like “mashed” tuna and when you cook with this, it quickly disappears. I like to see the flaky tuna pieces a bit more in the dish I make.
Adding the spinach and tomatoes packs in more nutrients to the dish. In the summer I make this with all fresh tomatoes. It’s a good healthy meal to serve your family or guests. If you are thinking of substituting the vegetables, I recommend staying with a mild flavored vegetable. For the pasta here, you can use linguini or fusilli (cork screw pasta).
Parmigiano reggiano cheese is freshly grated at the end. Please do not substitute with the pale white imitation you often find at the supermarket. A wedge of this cheese costs only about $6 at the supermarket which to me is very reasonable. So buy a wedge of this cheese so that you can freshly grate whenever you need it. It will last a long time in the refrigerator. It also can be used in soups, salads, risotto, and of course as a snack.
I know the Italians don’t normally add cheese to any seafood pasta, but I’m not Italian, so I think I can get away with cheese on this dish, because it works. It’s awesome!