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Recipe

Pasta Niçoise

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4

In this riff on the classic composed salad from the south of France, spaghetti is tossed with seared tuna, green beans, olives, and, of course, ripe tomatoes.

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. sherry vinegar
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 oz. dried spaghetti
  • 6 oz. green beans, trimmed and cut on the diagonal into 1-inch pieces
  • 1-1/2 lb. large tomatoes, cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup Niçoise olives, pitted and halved
  • 3 Tbs. capers in vinegar (don’t drain)
  • 3 Tbs. thinly sliced fresh basil, plus small leaves for garnish
  • 1 lb. fresh tuna steak (1-1/2 inches thick), cut into 1-1/2-inch-wide strips

Nutritional Information

      Calories (kcal) : 650
      Fat Calories (kcal): 180
      Fat (g): 21
      Saturated Fat (g): 3.5
      Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 4
      Monounsaturated Fat (g): 12
      Cholesterol (mg): 45
      Sodium (mg): 840
      Carbohydrates (g): 75
      Fiber (g): 7
      Protein (g): 41

Preparation

  • In a large bowl, whisk 2 Tbs. of the olive oil with the vinegar, mustard, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Cook the spaghetti according to package directions for al dente, adding the green beans to the water when 2 minutes remain.
  • Drain the spaghetti and beans and toss with the vinaigrette. Add the tomatoes, olives, capers, and basil, and toss. Season to taste with more pepper.
  • Season the tuna on all sides with salt and pepper. In a large heavy-duty skillet, heat the remaining 1 Tbs. olive oil over high heat until shimmering hot. Sear the tuna on all sides, about 30seconds per side. Transfer to a cutting board, tent with foil, and let rest for 5minutes. Cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices.
  • Divide the pasta and vegetables among four wide, shallow bowls, top with the tuna, and garnish with the basil leaves.

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  • Maya_B | 07/14/2015

    This was really good! Loved the fresh take on salade nicoise. The seared tuna and mix of other veggies and pasta were just perfect.

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