Strozzapreti pasta with a creamy mascarpone and tuna sauce

When hungry visitors suddenly appear at the door, all you can do is make a quick plate of pasta. This creamy mascarpone tuna sauce is perfect for these situations, because it can be made in a jiffy and the sauce does not require any cooking. All you have to do is wait for the pasta to cook and lay the table!


  • long twisty pasta 200 grams
  • tuna 160 grams
  • mascarpone 200 grams
  • parsley A handful of parsley
  • anchovies Three anchovies
20 minutes Total time
10 minutes Active time
Serves 2 persons
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Boil the pasta until it is 'al dente'. Meanwhile, chop the parsley and anchovy together. Add the tuna and mascarpone with a couple of tablespoons of the pasta cooking water. Blitz to a creamy consistency with the help of a hand-held blender. Drain the pasta, stir in the sauce and serve hot. If necessary, add another tablespoon of the pasta cooking water: the texture should be creamy but not too thick.

If you don't have any mascarpone handy at home, you can substitute any spreadable soft cheese
It appears that the name 'mascarpone' - a very soft Italian 'cheese' which is actually more like thick cream - derives from the Spanish expression "Mas que bueno" which means 'exceptionally good'

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