Then there are the sauces that come together quickly enough to make a perfect weeknight dinner. There are quite a few of these if you look under Pasta in our recipe list. We lean heavily on the classics –Carbonara, Linguine with Clam Sauce, Linguine with Lemon Garlic Shrimp (better known as Shrimp Scampi). But when I found this recipe from the incomparable Mario Batali, I’d never heard of any pasta dish like it. And this is from someone who lived in Italy. It’s from the Chef’s “Simple Family Meals” (Harper Collins 2011). Once I made it, I loved it. The dish blends the taste of very high-end canned tuna with the spicy counterplay of salami and red pepper flakes all wrapped up in a simple onion-y tomato sauce. Extra points go to the ease with which you can make it. It’s one of those under 30 minute wonders which deliver far more taste than their cooking time would indicate. But I was still puzzled that I’d never heard of anything like it. So I went to google.it to see if I could find the roots of Chef Batali’s creation.
Looks like Scrapple to me
I found something called “Tonno Salame”.
Cut the salami into thin julienne. Heat the oil in a 14-inch sauté pan over medium heat. Add the salami and onions, and cook until the onions have softened, about 7 minutes.
Add the red pepper flakes and the tomato sauce, and bring to a boil. Then remove from the heat and stir in the tuna. Set aside.