If Rachael Ray can do it, then you know what, so can I… (??)

30 minute meal, here – we – go !!!!  🙂

Tomato Sauced Artichoke Fusilli topped w/ Fresh Tuna

Serves 4

Lil’ sis was a bit skeptical when I told her my plans for our Wednesday dinner. 

I told her just to trust me… (scary thought?) 

She then proceeded to “mmmm yumm” the whole way through the meal. 

Lesson learned:  always trust your older sister with these kinds of things 😉  (??)

Super Simple Summer Sauce:

  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 6 oz. jar marinated artichokes, chopped
  • 26 oz. box Pomi strained tomatoes (or canned tomato sauce)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped 
  • 1 tblsp olive oil
  • sea salt & black pepper

Tuna Steak

  • 2 tuna steaks, enough to split between 4 people
  • sea salt & black pepper
  • 1 tblsp olive oil


  • 4 servings fusilli pasta (1/2 box)

These little artichoke guys are a seriously awesome addition to a pasta sauce, make sure to add all the yummy marinating liquid too!

And I think you know my love affair with Pomi tomatoes by now 😛  Only ingredient:  tomatoes.  Love it.

Let’s get cooking!!

Before you start, get the water boiling for your pasta.

Then begin the sauce assembly.

7 MINUTES:  Saute the onion in 1 tblsp olive oil over medium heat until translucent, 7 minutes.

1 MINUTE: Add garlic, cooking another minute.

5 MINUTES: Throw in the whole jar of marinated artichoke hearts, chopping them up if you’d like smaller pieces.  Just don’t drain them, you want all that flavorful liquid!!!

Cook for 5 minutes.

15 MINUTES:  Now dump in the tomato sauce, basil and season w/ sea salt and black pepper.

Give a stir and cover it up, allowing to simmer over medium-low for another 15 minutes.

While the sauce is simmering you’ll want to (1) cook the pasta according to direction – the water should be boiling by now and this only takes 10 minutes and (2) cook the tuna – which also only takes around 10 minutes.

Tuna on pasta?  Yea, I know, I was curiously optimistic about this one too.

But it was love at first bite I tell ya!

Learn from lil’ sis and trust me on this, mmmmkay 😛

Fresh tuna steak.

Sea salt, black pepper and olive oil.

Seared in a medium hot pan for about 5 minutes each side or until cooked through.

As much as I love a rare tuna steak, for this dish you’ll want to fully cook the fish through or else it won’t flake in your pasta bowl and the raw texture could just get weird.

Now to serve. 

Fusilli – check. Artichoke sauce – check.  Tuna steak – check.

Simple salad – check.

Last North Carolina tomato from the stash – check.

🙁  Sad faces all around lol 🙁

Did we make it in in under 30 minutes?

Let’s see, I’ll use my CPA skills here 😉

7 + 1 +5 + 15 = 28 minutes!!!

Score.  Done and done.

Another delicious dinner in the books <— oh the CPA humor never ends *sigh* haha 😉

Unconventional at that. 

But the flaky  tuna really just worked in this tangy sauce.  We flaked the tuna then mixed the pasta/sauce/tuna all together to eat – but umm not so photogenic lol. 

Needless to say, lil’ sis and I were quite pleased with the results! 😀

Weekend… are you here yet?



  1. I am such a fan of artichokes – this looks wonderful! What a great & simple sauce. 🙂

  2. Your sister must LOVE living with you! All these awesome home cooked meals! mmm artichokes rock in pasta. Looks good.

  3. that looks great! sometimes simple is best 🙂

  4. Anything with tomatoes and artichokes is sure to win me over. Looks great!

  5. That is super simple! And it looks so yummy 🙂 This would be a nice change from the jarred stuff we usually use!

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