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Spicy Tuna, Onions & Garlic in Tomato Sauce

By Raquel Teixeira
Posted Jan 5, 2012 in Food
My friends, I want you to know that canned tuna doesn't always have to be cold, nor does it have to be in simply salad/sandwich form.
My mom came up with this dish a while back. It's simple, quick and most importantly warm and comforting. What? Canned tuna comforting? I know! I sound ridiculous and most people when they hear this recipe off the bat, they think eww, that can't taste good, this girl has lost her mind. BUT THEN, whenever I was at work reheating it for lunch, people came running asking me what smelled so good. What? Tuna smell good?? Folks, today's recipe is about changing lives...or simply your perception of canned tuna. Either one works for me.
I made it the other day and decided although it may not be the most flashy dish, it's still a good dish and I am going to throw caution to the wind in letting everyone know I ate canned tuna as my main dinner.
So if you like tuna and you want to try something new or even if you think you don't like tuna...maybe you just didn't like it cold. Did you ever think about that you fussy tuna eaters?
Anywho, here is the recipe.
Spicy Tuna, Onions & Garlic in Tomato Sauce
Serves about 4? yea, let's stick with 4.
3 cans of chunk tuna in water
2 1/2 cups of Hunt's Thick and Rich Spicy Red Pepper tomato sauce
1 small yellow onion, diced
4-5 gloves of garlic, finely diced
1/2 tsp of chili pepper flakes (add more if your sauce is also not spicy)
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Add oil to a large skillet and set to medium heat.
Add onions and garlic and cook for approx 5-7 minutes, or until they have softened.
Add the tomato sauce, tuna, chili flakes, salt and pepper.
Let it simmer on med-low for 3-5 minutes to ensure heated throughout.
Tuna simmering away with onions and garlic in a spicy tomato sauce
Tuna simmering away with onions and garlic in a spicy tomato sauce
Now here is where the dish gets pretty versatile. You can have this on a bread bun, or over rice or pasta, or I like to be real lazy and simple and spoon it onto melba toast. Mmmm. The leftovers are great to reheat for snacks and lunches for those needing some good low fat protein in their diet.
Spicy Tuna  Onions & Garlic in Tomato Sauce  served with melba toast.
Spicy Tuna, Onions & Garlic in Tomato Sauce, served with melba toast.

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