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Orecchiette Puttanesca with Tuna and White Beans

4-6 Servings

30 minutes

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This hearty pasta dinner is from Milk Street Community member Karen Waldman of Brookfield, Connecticut. Bold, briny puttanesca sauce finds delicious partners in creamy white beans and flaked tuna. This recipe is a one-pot wonder. First we boil the pasta, drain it, then use the same pot to make the sauce. Waldman prefers orecchiette pasta because the small saucer shapes catch bits of the olives, capers and tuna. She also likes to keep the consistency on the “soupy” side; stir in additional pasta water at the end to adjust the consistency to suit your taste.




Don’t forget to rinse and drain the beans. If their starchy liquid makes it into the pot, it will turn the sauce thick and heavy. Don’t worry about removing the garlic cloves after they’re lightly browned. They’ll soften and break apart slightly as the sauce cooks.

30 minutes



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Michael Y.
June 1, 2023
Tasty and filling
I really liked this! I think I might try adding some anchovies to the sauce to give a little more of a briny taste. The 1 tsp of red pepper flakes makes a spicy puttanesca sauce but the heat goes down once you add the pasta. You will definitely need to add some salt at the end.
Jeri D.
January 6, 2024
I really wanted to like this and all the ingredients looked great on their own. But the whole dish together was just ok. It needed something to make it pop, but I'm not sure what that is.