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Gemelli with Tuna, Tomatoes and Jalapeño
© Phyllis Grant

Gemelli with Tuna, Tomatoes and Jalapeño


Gemelli, tightly wound coils of pasta, work especially well with chunky sauces like this one, which gets a spicy kick from chopped jalapeño.


  1. 1 large jalapeño, seeded and coarsely chopped
  2. 1 large garlic clove
  3. 1 small shallot, coarsely chopped
  4. 1 1/2 tablespoons capers
  5. 3 oil-packed anchovies, drained
  6. 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  7. 3/4 pound gemelli
  8. Two 3 1/2-ounce cans of Italian tuna in olive oil, drained
  9. 15 cherry tomatoes, halved
  10. Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  11. 8 large basil leaves, coarsely chopped
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. In a food processor, finely chop the jalapeño with the garlic, shallot, capers and anchovies. In a large, deep skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the jalapeño mixture and cook over moderate heat until it begins to turn light golden, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  2. Cook the gemelli in the boiling water until al dente. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/3 cup of the cooking water. Add the gemelli and the cooking water to the skillet and toss with the jalapeño mixture over low heat until evenly coated. Add the tuna and tomatoes and cook until heated through. Season with salt and pepper, stir in the basil and serve.