Spaghetti with Cauliflower and Tuna

This inexpensive pasta meal is rich with a chili-sparked wine sauce to toss with tuna, pasta and cauliflower.


  • 1 head cauliflower or Romanesco broccoli (about 2 pounds)
  • Sea salt
  • 1/4-1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 6-8 ounces canned sustainable tuna, drained and flaked
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 4 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch flat leaf parsley, stems and leaves separated, finely chopped
  • 1 chili pepper, such as Fresno or jalapeño, seeded (if desired for a milder flavor) and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry vermouth or dry white wine
  • 1 pound spaghetti


Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Trim the cauliflower into bite-size florets. Salt the water and cook the cauliflower about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon or spider skimmer, transfer to a plate to cool. Return the water to a boil.

In a large skillet, heat the EVOO, four slow turns of the pan, over medium heat. Add the tuna, shallots, garlic, parsley stems and chili pepper. Cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes, then add the vermouth and reduce the heat to low.

Cook the pasta to al dente, adding about 1/2 cup pasta cooking water to the tuna mixture. Drain the pasta and add to the tuna mixture along with the parsley leaves and cauliflower. Toss and season with sea salt, to taste.

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