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Linguine and Tuna With Spicy Orange Sauce

Linguine and Tuna With Spicy Orange Sauce 4.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post; tableware from Crate and Barrel

Dinner in Minutes Nov 16, 2011

If you have plenty of holiday cooking just ahead, you'll appreciate the simplicity of this pantry-driven main course.

Leftovers taste great cold.

Serve with warm garlic bread.


Servings: 4
Ingredients
  • Kosher salt
  • 8 ounces whole-wheat or regular dried linguine
  • Leaves from 1 bunch watercress (may substitute baby spinach)
  • Two 5-ounce cans oil-packed tuna, preferably hook-and-line-caught albacore
  • 2 or 3 navel or blood oranges
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, plus more for optional garnish

Directions

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add a generous pinch of salt and the pasta; cook according to the package directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water.

Rinse and dry the watercress; you should have at least 1 1/4 cups. Drain (and discard) the oil from the tuna.

Finely grate the zest of 1/2 to 1 orange to yield 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons, letting it fall into a large serving bowl. Cut that orange and the others in half; squeeze them to yield 3/4 cup of juice; add 1/2 cup to the bowl, along with the olive oil, vinegar, mustard and crushed red pepper flakes, whisking to combine. Add the watercress and the drained pasta, tossing to combine and coat evenly. Taste, and add some or all of the remaining orange juice, as needed; if the orange flavor is too prominent, use some of the reserved pasta cooking water to dilute the sauce.

Scatter the drained tuna over the pasta. Sprinkle with a small pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, if desired.

Serve right away, family-style, at the table.


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Recipe Source

Adapted from "Ying's Best One-Dish Meals," by Ying Chang Compestine (Sellers, 2011).

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (using whole-wheat linguine): 470


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 18g 28%

Saturated Fat: 3g 15%

Cholesterol: 20mg 7%

Sodium: 470mg 20%

Total Carbohydrates: 49g 16%

Dietary Fiber: 5g 20%

Sugar: 6g

Protein: 26g


Calories per serving (using regular dried linguine): 470


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 17g 26%

Saturated Fat: 3g 15%

Cholesterol: 20mg 7%

Sodium: 470mg 20%

Total Carbohydrates: 50g 17%

Dietary Fiber: 2g 8%

Sugar: 5g

Protein: 27g


*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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