This recipe comes from my former landlord who is Italian and oh man does she know how to cook! The sauce is the main focus of this dish and is incredibly simple to make. Dishes with cooked tuna typically originate from the Mediterranean region. This week I wanted to try something new; shopping in a different grocery store. Last week, I received what should be called the best gift of all; a membership to the Belfast Co op Store. What a store, what a gift. I really could not ask for more! Thank you! So, with this membership in mind I set out with the goal of purchasing good food at a fair price. Well, I was successful, $23 dollars and two meals later, I impressed myself. Sometimes I get the feeling that most people have the perception that only ‘rich’ or ‘well off’ people can afford to shop at places like this that supply nothing but real food. When I say ‘real food’ I’m referring to the fact that when you go into the Belfast Co op you can pick up any item and easily trace back the ingredients to a species of plant or animal. In a regular grocery store such as Hannaford’s there are some 45,000 products with ingredients that you cannot even pronounce let alone trace back to a living thing. If you so desire to further your knowledge in our current American food system the number of 45,000 products comes from a wonderful book called The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Micheal Pollan. Reading this book will cause you to run to a local natural food store faster than it takes a cop to eat a doughnut. This book is incredibly insightful and makes a strong point about our current food system. I encourage everyone to take some time out of their day to merely open this book and read. Anyway, now that my rant is over, back to the point! Never assume those ‘natural food’ stores are for people who have money, it’s not true. All it come down to is looking at what’s on sale and planning your meal accordingly. Spending the extra dollar for healthy food is win-win. A Co op is a store owned by its customer so when items are purchased that money goes back into the store, not to large companies. Even if all items are not purchased at the Co op it’s still a win-win is my eyes.



Ingredients & Prices

(From Belfast Co op)


Fusilli Pasta – $1.87

Muir Glen Organic Pasta Sauce (Cabernet marinara) – $2.79

1 can of Tuna – Previously purchased at Wal-Mart – $0.87

Salt and Pepper to taste

1 small bulb of local garlic – $0.48


Total – $ 6.01



1. Bring water to a boil, add pasta.

2. While pasta is boiling  chop garlic, drain can of tuna.

3. Once pasta is finished drain water, lower heat and add sauce, tuna, garlic and spices.

4. Let this simmer for 20 – 30 minutes.

5. Serve and enjoy!



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The first time I made this sauce I had a real stove with four burners and it came out incredible! This time around it was difficult. First off, in order to get the sauce to reach perfection it needs to simmer all day long. This allows the flavors from the garlic, tuna, and spices to really get into the sauce. The white wine marinara was a good choice, this compliments the tuna well. I would also recommend adding lemon juice, this will also compliment the tuna. Cooking the sauce for only ten minutes or so on the Tiki man did not do enough justice for how this sauce actually tastes. If you have the modern conveniences of a four-burner stove and a refrigerator I would suggest cooking the sauce all day. Then, store it in the refrigerator for the following nights dinner. This will increase the taste of the sauce giving it plenty of time to absorb all the flavor from its ingredients. Leftovers always taste better the next day and so will this sauce!